Today in Parliament I moved a motion, which the house unanimously agreed to adopt, noting the devastating effects of lupus on more than five million people worldwide.
There is not a lot known about lupus, which is a rare auto-immune disease that is particularly prevalent amongst non-Caucasian women. The motion calls upon governments at all levels to invest more in medical research so as to better understand the disease and ultimately, cure it.
The World Lupus Day Proclamation which calls for increases in public and private sector funding for medical research on lupus, targeted education programs for health professionals, patients and the public and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant public health issue was also noted by the house as part of the motion.
To find out more about lupus and read the World Lupus Day Proclamation see: http://www.lupus-sle.org/world-lupus-day---may-10.html