World Vitiligo Day Goals

The ambitious goal of 25June Initiative is to mark World Vitiligo Day on June 25 a date to be observed annually by the United Nations.

Longer term the 25June Initiative aims to generate awareness of vitiligo, its appropriate care and treatment methods amongst the general public, health care providers, and to raise funds needed for research.

This year we aim to raise 1,000,000 signatures to address the United Nations in order to:

  • Recognize this neglected and debilitating disease associated with severe social complications;
  • Recognize the urgent need to pursue multilateral efforts in therapy development and health-care education;
  • Designate June 25 as the World Vitiligo Day to be observed by the United Nations and Member States every year.

Recognition is the first step for the prevention, better treatment and care of vitiligo in line with the sustainable development of national healthcare systems.

Why else do we want recognition by the UN and WHO relevant agencies?
– Recognize that vitiligo can be disabling or is a disability in some situations,
– Collect nation-wide statistics on vitiligo prevalence,
– Focus attention of national healthcare ssytems on vitiligo and related risk factors,
– Raise awareness and promote action on a global platform,
– Help integrate vitiligo care into health care policy of national health systems. 


Why Is It Important

There are a lot of people who don't want you to stand up for your rights and demand a cure. They say vitiligo is not life threatening and not contagious, and you must embrace a life of a pariah, hiding yourself from sunlight and from the society.

Vitiligo is an under-researched disease resulting in milky white skin patches on the skin. The breadth and complexity of the disease require international collaboration in therapy development. The severity of the disease calls for national healthcare support.

So, speak up for your condition and your rights. Sign the letter to tell the UN Secretary-General that you want recognition and support. It would be appreciated if you could give every member of your family or group an opportunity for signing.

Signatures count

We have collected 503150 signatures of the target 500000 (100.63%). Now let’s get 1 million signatures!


Firmly committed to curing Vitiligo, the VR Foundation is a non-profit organization funding and fast-tracking medical research globally. We challenge the disease of vitiligo with educational and medicinal enlightenment. We care; we educate; we advance knowledge. We are the VR Foundation.

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