Every day, a Bulgarian family faces one of 6,000 rare diseases. It is assumed that over 400,000 people are affected in our country.
“The phenomenon, which is ubiquitous and not Bulgarian, is the lack of knowledge among medical specialists. We are talking about 6,000 to 8,000 diseases, new ones are discovered again and again. The characteristic of them is that they are mostly genetic, which means , that they are inherited. There is no clinical treatment for 95% of them to date,” said Dr. Petya Stratieva, founder of “Retina Bulgaria” and chairman of “Rare Diseases Bulgaria”, in “The Day Begins”.
Since 2017, the networks of hospitals and specialists in Europe have been launched, which are called to connect the experts who have experience. At the moment, 24 areas of medicine are functioning on the territory of Europe, which connect more than 1500 medical institutions, mainly university clinics, where knowledge exists and develops, clinical studies are conducted.
“These are the ways to treat a patient – the inclusion in a clinical study”, noted Dr. Petya Stratieva.
Watch the entire conversation in the video.