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World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2024: Date, theme, history, significance and all you need to know

By, New Delhi
May 30, 2024 09:10 AM IST

World Multiple Sclerosis Day is celebrated every year on May 30. Here's all you need to know about the date, history, significance and theme of the occasion.

World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day is dedicated to raising awareness and garnering support for individuals living with multiple sclerosis, as well as their families and caregivers. MS is a chronic autoimmune disorder that impacts the central nervous system, particularly the brain and spinal cord. According to the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, multiple sclerosis affects over 2.3 million individuals worldwide and is one of the most prevalent illnesses of the central nervous system. The goal of World MS Day is to enhance understanding of the disease, advocate for improved access to treatment and care, and build a sense of unity within the global MS community. (Also read: International Potato Day 2024: Date, history, significance and all that you need to know )

Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability.(Shutterstock)
Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability.(Shutterstock)

World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2024 date and theme

World Multiple Sclerosis Day is celebrated every year on May 30, and this year, it falls on Thursday. The theme for World MS Day 2024-2025 is diagnosis, highlighted by the campaign name 'My Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis' and the slogan 'Navigating Multiple Sclerosis Together'. This theme aims to promote early and accurate diagnoses for all individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to highlight global barriers to MS diagnosis. It seeks to increase awareness through sharing personal experiences and providing essential information.

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World Multiple Sclerosis Day history

Established in 2009, the inaugural MS Day was initiated by the MS International Federation (MSIF), a unique global network of diverse MS organizations. MSIF supports those affected by MS through the efforts of numerous staff members and volunteers worldwide. Delegates from many countries, including Greece, Argentina, Australia, the United States, India, Kenya, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and Spain, are represented within MSIF.

Significance of World Multiple Sclerosis

World Multiple Sclerosis Day holds significant importance as it raises global awareness about multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The day mobilizes support for individuals living with MS, as well as their families and caregivers, highlighting the need for better access to treatment and care.

It also fosters a sense of unity and solidarity within the global MS community, promoting understanding and advocacy to overcome the barriers faced in diagnosing and managing the disease. Through personal stories and information campaigns, World MS Day aims to educate the public, drive research, and improve the quality of life for those affected by MS.

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