Health Days 2015
World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day
The World Multiple Sclerosis Day is celebrated on May 27th of every year to raise awareness and bring patients with the MS together. It is the only international campaign to spread awareness on this disease. Every year, MS campaigners convene to provide the public with information about the MS and spread awareness about its effect on more than one million persons around the world.
 
Internationally approved date: May 27th, 2015
Locally approved date: Shaban 9th, 1436H
 
Statistics:
  • The MS is one of the most common neurological disorders, which causes disability in young adults. It is spread in all countries of the world as indicated by epidemiological data. An estimated 2.3 million people in the world have multiple sclerosis, and probably there are hundreds of thousands, who have not been diagnosed with the disease yet. It is also likely that other people are indirectly affected by the disease while caring for an infected person with the MS. Most of the affected persons are diagnosed with the disease at the age of 25 to 31 years, with two times as many women as men affected.
  • According to the Saudi Multiple Sclerosis Advisory Group, the disease is spread among females more than males, mostly affecting youths at age of 20-40 years. It is more common in cold countries than hot ones, where infection rates in the southern part of Europe like Italy and Greece are about 50 per 100,000 persons; while the incidence is higher in northern Europe as the rate in Scotland is 100-200 per 10,000 persons.  
Topic of  the World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2015:
  • Access to diagnosis, treatment and support.
  • Access to buildings, travel and leisure facilities.
  • Access to education, training and employment.
Logo:
World Multiple Sclerosis Day
May 27th, 2015
 
Targeted group:
  • People with the MS.
  • Those working in the healthcare sector and caring for the infected. 
Objectives and messages of the World Multiple Sclerosis Day:
  • Providing comprehensive care for people with the MS.
  • Improving the life of people with the MS and having access to education, training and employment.
 
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