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A forum for rare disease patients, doctors, and stakeholders to connect and collaborate,
and to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on rare diseases and their treatment
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What is the conference about?

The second biennial Rare Diseases Conference (RareX 2018) will take place from 13 to 16 September 2018 at The Canvas Riversands in Fourways, Gauteng. The theme of the conference is “Advocating for Patient-Centred Healthcare”. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for rare disease patients, doctors, and stakeholders to connect and collaborate, and to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on rare diseases and their treatment.

RareX 2018 brings together South African, African, and international rare diseases communities, as well as policymakers and government agencies responsible for matters related to healthcare and health insurance. Stakeholders delivering essential services to the rare diseases community such as disease-specific drug manufacturers and makers of health-related consumables also attend.

An important part of the conference community are the patient support groups that attend. While disease- or condition-specific, support groups share missions and objectives and can learn from each other’s outreach techniques and fundraising methods and see how other groups serve their communities’ needs.

Via panel discussions, presentations, and networking, the conference presents a comprehensive dialogue which provides insightful guidance to the rare diseases community. In addition to the technical programme of presentations and panels, the conference offers a social programme of a Welcome Networking Function and Rare Diamond Awards Dinner

The Rare Diseases Conference provides patients, families, and stakeholders with a professional and structured yet caring and inclusive environment in which to learn and network.

RareX 2016 Conference

Rare 2016 Conference

Who should attend?

RareX 2018 is multidisciplinary and is for all those in the rare diseases community: patients, doctors, caregivers, stakeholders.

 

  • Academics
  • Biotechnologists
  • Clinicians
  • Disease-specific drug manufacturers
  • Epidemiologists
  • Funders
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Pathologists
  • Patient advocates
  • Patient support groups
  • Patients, families, and caregivers
  • Pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of devices and consumables
  • Pharmacists
  • Policymakers and regulatory agencies
  • Rare diseases associations
  • Researchers

 

About the host organisation

Rare Diseases South Africa (RDSA) advocates for those impacted by rare diseases and facilitates engagement between patients and those with the ability to prevent, intervene, treat, and provide supportive care for rare diseases.

RDSA is today a programme-oriented advocacy organisation for awareness, change, and improvement who is working toward more patient-centred healthcare.

Mission

To advocate for those impacted by rare diseases and facilitate engagement between patients and those with the ability to prevent, intervene, treat, and provide supportive care for rare diseases.

Objectives

  • Patient Navigation: Ensure a challenge-free and supported journey from presentation of symptoms to end-of-life for patients affected by rare diseases.
  • Advocacy and Expanding Access: Represent patients affected by rare diseases with regards to policy, healthcare costs, and healthcare delivery.
  • Community Engagement: Collaborate with civil society to ensure greater awareness and networking platforms for rare diseases in South Africa.

 

Learn more about RDSA

Leaving a legacy

RareX is committed to hosting sustainable conference. We aim to reduce our environmental impact and leave a positive legacy in the conference destination.

Sustainability and Legacy Policy