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Rare disease policy needs to be implemented immediately: Prasanna Shirol, Co- Founder & Executive Director, ORDI

In an interview with ETHealthworld, Prasanna Shirol, Co- Founder and Executive Director, Organization for Rare Disease India, Bengaluru, talks about the bottlenecks that still exist even after the formation of rare disease policy. Edited excerpts:

Why does India need a rare disease policy?

There are around 7000 rare diseases in the world but in India there is no proper healthcare policy to address these rare diseases which are all life threatening, chronic and progressive in nature. So, there is a need for a rare disease policy to address all these challenges right from diagnosis, treatment and supportive care. That is why a rare disease policy is very important for India.

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