Awareness Ribbons – Monthly

Herewith a list sorted by months of the most popular health and awareness ribbons globally (not just in South Africa).

JanuarySchool Safety Awareness Month

Self-Help Group
Weight Loss
National Mentoring Month
National Blood Donor Month
Birth Defects Prevention Month

Days in January
1 – World Day of Peace
4 – World Braille Day
11- World Human trafficking day 15 – Intestinal Malrotation and Volvulus
24 – Moebius Syndrome
27 – Holocaust Remembrance Day – (UN) –
30 – CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)
31 – World Leprosy Day –
31 – Street Children’s Day
FebruarySocial Justice Awareness Month
01-07 World Interfaith Harmony Week
06 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
13 World Radio Day
14 Valentine’s Day
20 World Day of Social Justice
International Mother Language Day Month

Weeks in February
1st Wk – Eating Disorder Awareness Week;
1st Wk – National Therapeutic Recreation Week

Days in February
February 2 – Rheumatoid Arthritis
February 4 – World Cancer Day
February 6 – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation – (International)
February 11 – World Day of the Sick
February 12 – International Day of Women’s Health – (Purple ribbon)
February 15 – International Childhood Cancer Day
February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
February 21 – International Mother Language Day
February 27 – Anosmia
February 28 (29th in leap year) – Rare Disease Day
MarchMarch
Colorectal Cancer
DVT – (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Prevention
Developmental Disabilities Month
Endometriosis
Epilepsy – (Epilepsy Canada)
Foot Health Month
Help Fight Liver Disease Month
Music in Our Schools Month
Trisomy
Women’s History Month

Weeks in March
1st Wk – World Glaucoma Awareness Week

Days in March
March 1 – International Wheelchair Day
March 1 – Self-Injury
March 5 – Multiple Personality Day
March 6 – National Lymphedema
March 8 – United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace – (UN)
March 8 – International Women’s Day – (UN)
March 12 – World Glaucoma Day
March 14 – International Day of Action for Rivers
March 16 – Brain Injury (Global)
March 18 – National Trisomy 18 Awareness Day
March 20 – International Day of Happiness
March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21 – World Poetry Day – (UN – UNESCO)
March 21 – International Day of Nowruz
March 24 – International Day for Achievers
March 24 – World Tuberculosis Day – (UN)
March 26 – Purple Day for Epilepsy
AprilAlcohol
Community Service Month
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) Awareness Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Limb Loss
Parkinson’s Disease
Sarcoidosis
Sexual Assault
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Spondylitis
Stress
Testicular Cancer
Volunteer Appreciation Month

Weeks in April
2nd Saturday of April – Sarcoidosis
Week (NPAW) to enhance porphyria awareness in communities by spreading the word about porphyria.
April 12-18 – Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
20- 27 – National Organ Donor Awareness Week
2nd Wk – World Homeopathy Awareness Week
3rd Wk – National Medical Laboratory Week; National


Days in April
April 1 – Youth Homelessness Matters Day
April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day – (UN)
April 4 – Auditory Processing Disorder
April 6 – Bohring-Opitz Syndrome (International)
April 7 – World Health Day – (UN)
April 7 – Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
April 8 – Cushing Disease/Syndrome
April 9 – National Alcohol Screening Day – (NASD)
April 11 – Parkinson’s Disease International.
April 12 – International Day for Street Children
April 13 – Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) (International)
April 17 – World Hemophilia Day – (UN)
April 19 – Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day
April 22 – Earth Day
April 23 – Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP)
April 25 – World Meningitis Day
April 25 – World Malaria Day – (WHO)
April 25 – Parental Alienation – (PAAD)
April 28 – International Workers Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day – (ICD)
April 29 – Make-A-Wish Day (International)
April 29 – Day of Remembrance of Victims of Chemical Warfare
April 29 – International Noise
MayAsthma
Arthritis Month
Allergy/Asthma
Better Sleep Month
Better Speech and Hearing Month
Borderline Personality Disorder
Brain Tumor
Celiac Awareness Month
Correct Posture Month
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
Fibromyalgia Awareness
Foot Health Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Hepatitis
Lupus
Lyme Disease
Mental Health Month
Mobility

Weeks in May
Week surrounding May 5 – International Cri du Chat Syndrome Awareness Week
1st Saturday in May each year is World Ankylosing Spondylitis Day
1st Tuesday of May – World Asthma Day
2nd Sunday of May – International Mothers’ Day
2nd Week in May – Williams Syndrome Awareness Week
3rd Thursday of May – Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Days in May
Misophonia falls on the first Monday in May, and is known as Misophonia Monday
May 1 – Global Mesh
May 2 – International Scurvy
May 5 – International Midwives Day
May 5 – World Asthma Day
May 6 – World Moyamoya Day
May 6 – International Awareness Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones)
May 7 – Bladder Cancer
May 8 – World Ovarian Cancer
May 8 – World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
May 10 – World Lupus Day
May 12 – Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS)
May 12 – International Nurses Day
May 12 – International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND)
May 15 – International Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS)
May 15 – International Day of Families – (UN)
May 17 – Worldwide Neurofibromatosis (NF)
May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
May 18 – International AIDS Vaccine Day
May 18 – International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
May 19 – World Hepatitis Day
May 19 – Schizencephaly
May 20 – International Behcet’s Disease Awareness Day
May 20 – International Blue Cone Monochromacy
May 20 – World AiArthritis Day (AiArthritis Day) – Global – Annually – (Was: World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD))
May 21 – Global Accessibility
May 22 – International Day for Biological Diversity – (UN)
May 23 – International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
May 24 – Schizophrenia (Canada)
May 25 – World Thyroid Day (WTD)
May 27 – World Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
May 28 – World Hunger Day
May 31 – World No Tobacco Day – (UN)
JuneAntiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS)
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Migraine and Headache
Hemiplegic Migraine
Men’s Health Month
PTSD

Weeks in June

Days in June
June 1 – International Children’s Day
June 1 – World Hypoparathyroidism Awareness
June 4 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
June 7 – World Food Safety Day – (UN)
June 8 – World Brain Tumor Day
June 13 – International Albinism
June 14 – World Blood Donor Day – (UN)
June 15 – World Elder Abuse (WEAAD)
June 17 – CDKL5 Worldwide
June 19 – World Sickle Cell Day – (UN)
June 20 – World Refugee Day – (UN)
June 21 – Global day of recognition of ALS/MND
June 23 – Dravet Syndrome.
June 25 – World Vitiligo
June 26 – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – (UN)
June 29 – Chronic Migraine
June 29 – World Scleroderma
June 30 – Arthrogryposis
JulyDisability Pride Month (NY)
Fragile X (FXS)
National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month (NCCAPM)

Weeks in July

Days in July
July 1 – Doctor’s Day – Bidhan Chandra Roy Birthday
July 2 – National Corpus Callosum (Australia)
July 5 2015 – International Day of Cooperatives (Recognized by the UN first Saturday in July)
July 6 – International Kissing Day
July 11 – World Population Day
July 12 – Disability Awareness Day (DAD) (U.K.)
July 15 – World Youth Skills Day
July 17 – World Day for International Justice
July 18 – Nelson Mandela International Day
July 22 – Fragile X (FXS)
July 23 – World Sjogren’s Day
July 28 – World Hepatitis Day
July 30 – International Day of Friendship
AugustAutoinflammatory Disorders Awareness
Cataract
Children’s Eye Health and Safety
Children’s Vision and Learning
Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP)
Don’t be a Bully Month
Immunization Awareness
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Never Leave a Child Unattended in a Car, Purple Ribbon Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
Studious Behavior Awarenessa

Weeks in August

Days in August
August 1 – Clergy Sexual Abuse US and International
August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
August 12 – International Youth Day
August 13 – International Left-handers Day
August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
August 30 – International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
August 31 – International Overdose
SeptemberAlopecia
Arnold-Chiari Malformation
Achalasia – achalasiaawareness.org
Deaf (International)
Lymphoma
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Prostate
Thyroid Cancer
World Alzheimer’s Disease Month
Women of Achievement Month

Weeks in September
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week – First week of September – (4th – 10th Sept, 2017)
Last week of September – International Week of the Deaf (International)

Days in September
September 4 – World Cerebral Palsy Day (List of Famous People with Cerebral Palsy)
September 5 – International Day of Charity – (U.N.)
September 7 – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
September 9 – International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Children)
September 10 – World Suicide Prevention Day
September 12 – World First Aid Day (2015)
September 13 – Celiac Disease – List of Gluten Free Food and Drink Products
September 15 – World Lymphoma – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
September 16 – National School Backpack
September 18 – National HIV/AIDS and Aging
September 19 – Aortic Dissection
September 19 – Usher Syndrome (Global)
September 21 – World Alzheimer’s Day
September 21 – International Day of Peace
September 22 – World Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Day
September 23 – Falls Prevention – (First Day of Fall)
September 24 – Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS)
September 25 – International Ataxia
September 26 – Mesothelioma
September 29 – World Heart Day
September 28 – World Rabies Day
September 30 – Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy
OctoberBreast Cancer
Colon Cancer
Disability Employment
Diversity
Diarrhea
Domestic Violence
Dwarfism
Dysautonomia (www.dysautonomiainternational.org)
Eczema
Emotional Intelligence – (www.e-ii.org)
Hunger
International Walk to School Month – (Canada)
Lupus
Raynaud’s
Rett Syndrome
Selective Mutism
Spina Bifida
Spina bifida awareness month

Weeks in October

Days in October
October 1 – International Day of Older Persons – (UN)
October 1 – World Vegetarian Day
October 2 – World Cerebral Palsy Day
October 5 – World Day of Bullying Prevention
October 7 – International Trigeminal Neuralgia
October 7 – World Cerebral Palsy
October 8 – World Humanitarian Action Day
October 9 – PANDAS / PANS
October 10 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
October 10 – World Mental Health Day
October 10 – World Day Against Death Penalty, recognized by the WCADP
October 11 – International Day of the Girl Child
October 14 – Global Food Protein Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) Day
October 15 – World Blind Day / World Sight Day
October 15 – International Day of Rural Women – (UN)
October 15 – Global Hand-washing Day
October 16 – World Food Day – (UN)
October 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – (UN)
October 18 – World Vasectomy Day
October 20 – World Osteoporosis Day
October 22 – Phelan-McDermid Syndrome – International Day of Awareness
October 22 – International Stuttering
October 23 – Kabuki Syndrome
October 24 – World Development Information Day
October 24 – United Nations Day
October 25 – Spina Bifida
October 25 – Hydrocephalus Day
October 25 – 31 – International Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week
October 27 – World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
October 29 – World Stroke Day
NovemberCOPD Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s
Dercum’s Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa)
Diabetes
Epilepsy Month
Good Nutrition Month
Hospice Month
Lung Cancer
Prematurity
Prostate Cancer / Men’s Health
Red Ribbon Month (Anti-drunk-driving)
RSD/CRPS
Vegan

Weeks in November
National Radiologic Technology Week

Days in November
November 1 – World Vegan Day
November 1 – Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
November 8 – Aicardi Syndrome
November 10 – World NET Cancer
November 10 – World Immunization Day
November 12 – World Pneumonia Day
November 13 – World Pancreatic Cancer Day
November 14 – World Diabetes Day – (UN)
November 15 – World Ohtahara Syndrome
November 16 – International Day for Tolerance – (UN)
November 17 – International Students Day
November 17 – World Prematurity Day
November 18 – World COPD Day
November 19 – International Men’s Day (IMD)
November 20 – Universal Children’s Day – (UN)
November 24 – N24
November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – (UN)
November 30 – Self Harm
DecemberAIDS Month
Constipation
Universal Human Rights Month

Weeks in December
5th-11th December – Vaginal Atrophy Awareness week (UK)

Days in December
December 1 – World Aids Day – (UN)
December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – (UN)
December 5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
December 6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
December 10 – Human Rights Day – (UN)
Awareness Ribbons – Are you supporting a worthy cause?

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