World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2020: Facts, Theme And Significance

Divya Tripathi

, Health A2Z


World Multiple Sclerosis Day is celebrated on 30th May all over the world. This day is celebrated to unites individuals and organizations from all around the world to spread awareness and move a step to make the world free of MS.


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World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2020



The 2020-2022 World MS Day theme is ‘connections’. MS Connections is all about building community connection, self-connection, and connections to quality care. We are challenging social barriers that leave people affected by MS feeling lonely and socially isolated. Together, we advocate for better services, celebrate support networks, and champion self-care.



In 2009, the MSIF (Multiple Sclerosis International Federation) and its members began the first World MS Day. Together we have reached thousands of people around the world, with a campaign who are focusing on a different theme every year.



Multiple Sclerosis International Federation provides a toolkit of free resources to help everyone to take part in World MS Day. These tools can be used by anyone, or you can make your own, to make a positive change in the lives of around 2 million people across the world.


The Objective of World Multiple Sclerosis Day 2020:


The main aim of MS Day is to help others to better understand this unpredictable and complex disease, and put effort to changes lives for people affected by MS and eventually will end the disease forever.


What is Multiple Sclerosis?


MS or Multiple Sclerosis is a long-lasting disease which affects your spinal cord, brain and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems in your vision, muscle control, balance, and other basic body functions.


The effects of MS are usually different for different people who have the disease. Some people have mild symptoms and they don’t need any treatment for the same. Others will have problems getting around and doing their daily tasks.


Multiple Sclerosis or MS happens when your immune system attacks a fatty material which is known as myelin, it wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without the outer shell of myelin, the nerves become damaged.


The nerve damage means your brain is not able to send signals through your body correctly. Your other nerves also don’t work the way it should and help you move and feel. Resulting, you may have symptoms like:



  • Trouble walking


  • Feeling tired


  • Muscle weakness or spasms


  • Double or blurred vision


  • Numbness and tingling



  • Poor bladder or bowel control


  • Pain


  • Depression


  • Problems focusing or remembering




Fast Facts on Multiple Sclerosis:




Here are some key facts about the disease Multiple Sclerosis.



  • It affects the central nervous system.


  • Usually, It is diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 years.


  • It is impossible to predict the progress of the disease.



  • Mild symptoms usually include tingling and numbness, but severe cases can involve paralysis and vision loss.



  • There is no cure for MS, but treatment can ease symptoms and help the person manage their daily living.


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