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This year we are sharing stories about how people and organisations are working together to improve access and break down the barriers to living with MS.

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World MS Day 2015

Living with MS involves all kinds of challenges. In the run up to World MS Day 2015, we want to celebrate the ways that people all over the world are breaking down the barriers to living with MS.

In 2015 we’ll be sharing all the ways that people around the world have improved access for people with MS. We’ll be asking people to tell us about the people and organisations that have broken down the barriers to living with MS and made a difference in their lives.

Volunteers raise awareness in downtown Tokyo

Highlights from 2014

For 2014, the World MS Day theme was access – not just physical access, but also access to drugs, information and treatment, and the same social and economic opportunities as everyone else.

A group of volunteers from the Japan MS Society

Report from the Japanese MS Society

On Sunday 25th May, 21 volunteers from Japan MS Society took to the streets of down-town Tokyo to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. The team handed out pamphlets with ball-point pens containing information about MS to over 5000 passers by. The volunteers were equipped with World MS Day banners and bright tropical pink T-shirts.

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World MS Day report from Australia

In Australia the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition created videos to show their support for World MS Day.

Senators Kate Lundy David Bushby and other politicians meet with MS sufferers and carers. MS Australia hosted an event with the Parliamentary Friends of MS at Parliament House in Canberra. MS Australia staff, Board members and national advocates met with parliamentarians


World MS Day in Greece

The Greek MS Society organised a whole MS festival for World MS Day for the second time this year. The open-air event included games, talks, tours around the American School of Agriculture of Thessaloniki, sessions on healthy eating and wellbeing as well as hippotherapy and art therapy. The Association of Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (AoPwMS) […]


Education and Fundraising for World MS Day in Argentina

Argentina Esclerosis Múltiple Argentina opened their doors and held a free informational meeting on World MS Day. Health Professionals provided information about patient’s rights, access and social benefits for people with MS. They also ran a social media campaign to emphasise the importance of talking about MS. They reached lots of people with the help […]

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World MS Day report from MS Ireland

MS Ireland organised a range of activities in every corner of the country we also featured blogs from our members on the theme of access. You can see all our photos from the day on Facebook. Dublin National Office staff were out shaking buckets and spreading the word about MS Ireland on Grafton Street. We […]

World MS Day across France

The Foundation for Research in MS (ARSEP) celebrated World MS Day on Mother’s Day in France (May 25). They ran a fund-raising campaign linked with florists. This was particularly appropriate as MS affects women more than men. They also released a video showing people promoting their blue ribbon campaign.   In keeping with the theme […]

People affected by MS in Albania gather to celebrate World MS Day

People affected by MS gather for World MS Day in Albania

There is not currently an MS organisation in Albania, however, on World MS Day a group of people with MS gathered to celebrate in Gjirokaster. They discussed establishing the Albanian MS Society to support all people with MS, and to aid them in improving their quality of life.


World MS Day in Kuwait

The Kuwait MS Association celebrated World MS Day on May 17. They organised  lectures about MS and distributed  brochures to the public. They also organised entertainment activities.

People gather to mark World MS Day in Finland

World MS Day in Finland

This year a Finnish band recorded a song for World MS Day. The song was used in the Finnish MS Society’s national media campaign across television, radio, newspapers and Facebook. Five people told their MS stories online. These people also feature on the campaign’s tv-commercial. The theme is Access to treatment, drugs and therapies and […]

Collaborative art in China

Coming together for World MS Day in China

MS International Federation’s Head of International Fundraising Luke Thomas is spending World MS Day in China. After two years of engagement with the Chinese MS communities, MSIF is currently working with a Beijing-based organisation, the China Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD –, to build on this groundwork to find and inspire people to take […]


Australia’s top politicians back World MS Day

Both the Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbott and the leader of the opposition the Hon Bill Shorten have recorded video messages to share their support for World MS Day. It is excellent to see MS so high on the national agenda for Australia and a bipartisan call for support for people with MS. It’s a […]

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A Royal World MS Day in the Netherlands

On Wednesday afternoon 28 May, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will attend World MS Day at the Dutch MS Research Foundation where working groups of experts and people with MS will explore obstacles and solutions in research, care and information-provision about MS. There she will receive the first Dutch edition of the International […]

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Direto do Brasil, três portadores de EM

Três pessoas vivendo com EM no Brasil compartilham a sua história de vida através da Associação Brasileira de EM, a ABEM. Jefferson conta a sua história de vida a partir do diagnóstico de EM e como aprendeu a se respeitar com a ajuda da ABEM (Associação Brasileira de EM), ganhando assim o respeito das pessoas […]

a woman is helped onto a boat with her wheelchair

Why access?

The dictionary defines access as: Noun: 1. The means or opportunity to approach or enter a place Noun: 2. The right or opportunity to use or benefit from something Some people may have a set idea of what we mean when we talk about access in the context of Multiple Sclerosis. They may presume that […]

Beautiful Day video launched for World MS Day

The video ‘Beautiful Day’, set to the U2 song of that name, was launched on the first World MS Day, 27 May 2009. Planned to raise awareness of MS and unite and broaden the global MS movement, the day saw more than 200 activities in 67 countries. Media coverage included TV coverage in 27 countries […]

Activities in South Korea, Italy, China, Brazil, Malaysia, Russia and the UK

World MS Day 2013 in Italy

This May was a busy one in Italy. The European Multiple Sclerosis Platform’s “Under Pressure” project was launched with a street exhibition in Milan on 7 May. The exhibition moved to Rome for World MS Day on 27 May. On 26 May, volunteers of the Italian MS Society’s Rome branch gathered for Pope Frances I’s […]

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World MS Day in Brazil

The Brazilian Multiple Sclerosis Association celebrated World MS Day 2013 with lunch and live music at their HQ. Here are some photos from the event:  

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