What is World MS Day?
World MS Day brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
World MS Day is the only global awareness raising campaign for MS. Every year, the MS movement comes together to provide the public with information about MS and to raise awareness on how it affects the lives of more than 2.3 million people around the world.
Since its inception in 2009, World MS Day has grown from strength to strength, reaching hundreds of thousands of people in more than 78 countries worldwide and continuing to grow every year.
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common neurological disorders and causes of disability in young adults. It is found in every country in the world where epidemiological data exists.
There are 2.3 million people with MS worldwide, although it is likely that many hundreds of thousands more remain undiagnosed and many more lives are affected indirectly, through caring for someone with MS.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 31, with around twice as many women diagnosed than men. It is not yet known what causes the disease, and as yet there is no cure, though there are treatments available that can help some forms of MS and many things you can do to alleviate the symptoms.
The severity of the course of MS as well as the symptoms can vary widely among individuals. These can include blurred vision, weak limbs, tingling sensations, unsteadiness and fatigue.
For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission (meaning it gets better for a while but then can attack from time to time), while for others it has a progressive pattern (meaning that it gets steadily worse with time). Some people may feel and seem healthy for many years following diagnosis, while others may be severely debilitated very quickly. For everyone, MS makes life unpredictable.
About the MS movement
The MS movement is all the organisations, healthcare professionals, institutions and people affected by MS, who are working to create a world free from MS, and to make life better for people with MS in the meantime.
World MS Day was established by the MS International Federation and its member MS organisations for any individual, group or organisation to work together to raise awareness of MS.
All over the world, people are working hard to create a world without MS and to improve the lives of people affected by MS. World MS Day showcases some of that work and celebrates global solidarity and hope for the future.
About the working group
The central campaign message and theme for World MS Day is developed by staff at the MS International Federation with an international working group drawn from our network of MS organisations. There are currently representatives from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, USA, Germany and Australia.