“We have partnered with the global MS community for almost 20 years to
raise awareness of this debilitating disease and we feel a deep
responsibility to spotlight the needs of the community,” said
This year’s theme for World MS Day focuses on the 1000 Faces of MS, putting people with MS at the heart of the day. The MSIF created 1000 Faces of MS, bringing together stories, messages and support for people living with and affected by MS, providing an opportunity to be a part of the global movement of people working to raise awareness of the disease.
“World MS Day, now in its fourth year, is the world’s only global
awareness raising campaign for MS. The need for the campaign still
remains: awareness and understanding of MS is still low, and many people
living with MS report a lack of understanding at work, and in their
communities,” said Peer Baneke, CEO of the MSIF. “Raising awareness is
crucial to ensure that positive developments can be made in policy,
funding and research. This vital work could not be achieved without our
global network of MS organizations, volunteers and donors. We thank
In recognition of World MS Day,
Finland: Launching an MS awareness campaign, in cooperation with the local MS advocacy organization and other pharmaceutical companies. The company is also sponsoring a charity walk for health care providers
France: Hosting Maison De La Sep( House of MS), where MS patients will be able to receive information on MS, take part in social activities, and meet with medical specialists in seven cities
India: Conducting a local MS awareness campaign in nine cities across the country
Japan: Sponsoring “Messages to Those Who Support My Dreams,” an essay competition to collect stories from people living with MS about their dreams and appreciation of their friends and loved ones who support them. The company will also distribute information about MS to the public to raise awareness of the disease
The Netherlands: Launching the “dreaMS” contest with a local MS advocacy organization to collect stories of hope from people living with MS. Winners will receive an award to help make their dreams come true
Norway: In cooperation with the national MS advocacy organization, conducting several meetings around the country for people with MS and their families about mobility impairment, providing the opportunity to meet with rehabilitation specialists and health care providers
Spain: Hosting meetings across the country in conjunction with local MS advocacy organizations to raise awareness of the issue of mobility impairment in people living with MS. The company is also sponsoring a charity race to help raise awareness of the disease
Sweden: Along with local MS advocacy organizations, hosting a number of activities for people living with MS – launching an e-learning tool for those who are newly diagnosed; reporting results from a survey on mobility impairment in people living with MS; and hosting an informational meeting with prominent speakers and physicians
Switzerland: Raising awareness of mobility impairment in people living with MS in collaboration with the local MS advocacy organization.
“We are working diligently to develop ground-breaking therapies that will bring new hope to those living with MS,” adds Richert. “Our MS franchise continues to demonstrate strong momentum and we are devoted to addressing patients’ needs today and tomorrow. But we recognize that it is about more than treatments – we need a global community that acknowledges the intricacies of this condition and provides the resources to overcome the devastating consequences of this disease.”
The complexity of the global economy continues to increase, leading to cuts in healthcare spending and tougher policies for patient access to treatments. Access processes and requirements vary widely by country, differ between national and local decision-makers and change frequently. Celebrating the stories and messages of support for people living with and affected by MS can bring it to the forefront and put a face on the disease, helping raise awareness for the global MS movement.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable, and progressive disease of the central nervous system that causes inflammation and destruction of nerve fibers as well as the myelin sheath, the protective layer that surrounds the body’s nerve fibers. Symptoms of MS vary and may include cognitive impairment, loss of vision, weak limbs, unsteadiness in walking, and fatigue. According to the MSIF, MS is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system, and there are more than 2 million people around the world living with the disease.
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