World Lupus Day is observed annually on May 10th by the World Lupus Federation (WLF).

Historical background

  • The Day was first observed in 2004 by the World Lupus Federation (WLF) to spread awareness about the disease and educate people about lupus.

World Lupus Federation (WLF)

  • It is a global alliance of lupus patient organizations. 
  • Their mission is to unite lupus patient organizations and advocate for improved quality of life for all those affected by lupus. 

About Lupus Disease

  • Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack your own tissues and organs. 
  • It can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, or internal organs). 
  • Chronic disease means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often become a lifelong condition.
  • Lupus got its name from the Latin word which means wolf, to describe facial lesions that looked like a wolf’s bite.

Symptoms of Lupus: 

  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Mouth sores
  • Confusion
  • Rashes
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands
  • Blood clots (and more)


  • Lupus inflammation can affect joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.


  • Diagnosis: Typically occurs between the ages of 15 to 44 and lasts for the rest of the person’s life.
  • Gender Disparity: It is more common in women and almost 90% of those suffering from the disease are females, while only 10% of men get diagnosed with it. 
  • Global Prevalence: Nearly 5 million people globally experience lupus, with 1.5 million of them living in the US alone.

Types of lupus

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE):  It affects the internal organs and is the most serious type.
  • Drug-induced lupus: Caused by certain medications triggering an immune system overreaction.
  • Lupus dermatitis: Primarily affects the skin in the form of a rash.
  • Neonatal lupus: A rare condition in infants where maternal antibodies passively acquired during pregnancy attack the baby’s tissues.

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