immunologyThe prevalence of autoimmune diseases in SAARC countries varies from 1-3%, thereby from 13-40 MM cases. Autoimmune disorders include multiple sclerosis, sarcoidosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Graves’ disease, chronic thyroiditis, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease. Autoimmune problems have a strong genetic predisposition but triggers may include excessive sun, infections, drugs, or other conditions — such as pregnancy — that stress the body and the incidence of autoimmune disorders is on the rise in South Asia.