Highlights: World MS Day 2018
We did it, everyone!
World MS Day 2018 was incredible. Thank you for getting involved and making this year’s campaign such a huge success.
Whether you organised or attended an event, posted about World MS Day on social media or helped to raise awareness in other ways, these global efforts are what World MS Day is all about.
This year, more than 400 events in 77 countries were held – and that’s only counting the events on the World MS Day map! Amazing activities took place all over the globe, showing how international, engaged and creative the global MS community really is.
Read on to discover the highlights from World MS Day 2018. You can view a collection of photos from across the globe in the World MS Day Facebook album.
Shaping the future
World MS Day provides huge momentum for MS organisations to achieve positive changes to policies, practices and attitudes towards people affected by MS.
Here are just a few examples of how MS organisations used this year’s campaign to achieve ambitious advocacy goals.
This World MS Day, the Association for the Fight against Multiple Sclerosis (APEMED) celebrated a huge step towards implementing legislation that will give all people with MS nationwide access to treatment, including full medical cover for diagnosis, treatment and support.
This legislation was first approved on World MS Day 2017. One year on, the government has now announced details of the committee that will carry out the formalities to make this groundbreaking legislation a reality.
MS Australia proudly announced the Government’s commitment of to work with MS Australia and MS Research Australia over the next six months to develop a 10-year plan for a pioneering new project: the ‘Roadmap to Defeat MS in Australia’. The project also received bi-partisan support from the Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon Catherine King MP.
Over in Portugal, a parliamentary group took World MS Day as an opportunity to present a draft resolution to the government to create a national MS registry – a fantastic result for the Portuguese MS Society and people with MS nationwide.
Staff and volunteers at the MS Society of Canada pinned down decision makers to show their support for World MS Day at a special pinning ceremony with members of parliament.
In the social media sphere, the French Ministry of Health showed its support for the vital work of France’s dedicated MS organisations on World MS Day, raising valuable awareness by creating and sharing infographics about MS.
At MSSI’s World MS Day conference, Mr K. Vikram Simha Rao, Director of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment), announced that the department has extended its proposal to include MS in the Ayushman Bharat – a National Health Protection Scheme.
He also declared that the government is planning to introduce a centralised data management system to better understand the prevalence of MS and other disabilities and improve the facilities and support available to those affected.
Chile also enjoyed social media support from its national Ministry of Health, which made use of the #bringinguscloser tools to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of MS.
Giving a voice
The Japan MS Society mobilised a team of volunteers, including schoolchildren, to distribute MS information leaflets.
Neuro Sweden captivated audiences by using VR technology to show the impact of MS symptoms on everyday life.
Lighting the world
This year, landmarks across Latin America and other parts of the world were lit up for World MS Day, continuing what is fast becoming a beautiful World MS Day tradition.
What a visual and impactful way to mark World MS Day!
Bringing us closer
Ireland and US
Testing your limits
The MS Association of Slovenia organised a 1.5km walk/drive through the forests of Ljubljana for 130 people with MS. Participants were accompanied by families, friends and several VIPs.