What is a rare disease?

A disease is classified as “rare” if it affects less than 1 in 2000 people.

There are over 6000 different rare diseases. Many of them are of genetic origin, chronic and progressive. Rare diseases impact quality of life and can reduce life expectancy.


people concerned in Luxembourg


% start in childhood


identified rare disease


years to get a correct diagnosis

30000 people in Luxembourg3 diseases are pediatric onset7000 identified rare diseases
5 years to get a correct diagnosis

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Our social workers and psychologists provide free administrative and social support, as well as psychological counselling, to individuals and families affected by a rare disease.

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We offer adapted physical activities, such as relaxation courses, yoga, aqua gymnastics or horse therapy, to our members to boost their well-being, confidence and self-esteem.

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Latest news

Inauguration of ALAN’s new offices

On Thursday, the 14th of October 2021, the inauguration of ALAN's new offices was celebrated in the presence of the mayor of Roeser, Tom Jungen, and the president of the health commission, Mars Di Bartolomeo. The organisation, which supports families affected by a rare disease, moved to Kockelscheuer, into the new, modern building of the engineering firm Schroeder & Associés S.A., in response to the consistent increase in requests for support and expansion of its activities.

Campaign to raise awareness for rare, invisible diseases

“A true superhero’s power is invisible. Just like many rare diseases.” with this tagline, the non-profit organisations ALAN Maladies Rares Luxembourg and EDS Lëtzebuerg are launching their online awareness campaign “Invisible Heroes” in September 2021. The goal of the campaign is to fight prejudices and increase the public’s understanding of rare and invisible diseases.

Survey results: COVID-19 vaccination of people with rare diseases

ALAN wanted to better understand how people with a rare disease view the COVID-19 vaccination as well as the effectiveness of the strategy for vulnerable individuals. To this end, ALAN ran an anonymous survey amongst the members of the association and the rare disease community in Luxembourg. The results of this survey have now been published.

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