Our vision, mission & values

Our association

ALAN – Maladies Rares Luxembourg is a non-profit association (association sans but lucratif – a.s.b.l) founded in 1998 and declared of public utility in 2000.

01Our vision

Fostering an environment for people living with a rare disease to realize their full potential through recognition, equal opportunities and improved quality of life.

02Our mission

To help improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by a rare disease, ALAN:

  • provides a consultation service that offers psychological counselling, as well as social and administrative support to inform, guide and assist people in aspects such as access to healthcare, administrative procedures, social rights, education, work, family life and social inclusion;
  • offers a range of adapted recreational and physical activities to improve well-being, self-confidence and self-esteem;
  • disseminates information to increase awareness amongst the public, decision-makers, authorities and institutions;
  • actively participates in the implementation of the National Plan for Rare Diseases to ensure equal access to diagnostics, therapy, care and research for all individuals living with a rare disease;
  • facilitates interdisciplinary exchanges between professionals from the healthcare, social and educational sectors;
  • promotes education, capacity building and empowerment of individuals affected by a rare disease;
  • defends the interest of all individuals affected by a rare disease, as well as their respective representation groups, at both a national and international level;
  • as the national alliance, ALAN unities associations working in the field of specific rare diseases, in order to ensure the recognition of patients’ interests in public opinion, politics and society;
  • promotes scientific research on rare diseases;
  • develops and fosters international partnerships, particularly with other patient organisations;
  • therefore, advocates for recognition and policy changes on a national and European level.

03Our values

At ALAN, we stress three core values that guide our professional and personal behaviour:

  • Integrity – adhering to strong ethical principles and protecting the trust that patients and their families place in us
  • Empathy – being considerate and sensitive towards all individuals regardless of their situation
  • Team spirit – working together within and across teams, institutions and borders, because together we are stronger

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