Multiple Sclerosis MSSA
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The Multiple Sclerosis South Africa team have been globally recognised for building a supportive community for South Africans diagnosed with the disease.


South Africa (08 February 2024) – Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA) is celebrating a huge milestone, having earned global recognition for their work in building a supportive group for the country.

The disease is still underrepresented in South Africa but that is about to change! MSSA is raising the profile of the disease, offering support for families and raising funds to help make a difference. Their goal is to unite Africa and create a federation for the continent that will empower thousands of sufferers.

MSSA received recognition from the MS International Federation (MSIF). The director of MSSA, Non Smit, has been inducted as a member of the MSIF CEO Advisory Group, chaired by Ava Battles, CEO of MS Ireland. MSIF is the largest and sole international federation encompassing all MS organisations around the world under its umbrella. Having South Africa included means access to more information and support at a global level.

“We, at MSSA, and all our members, are thrilled to receive this acknowledgment. It reflects years of dedication and resilience, culminating in this significant milestone. Joining the MS International Federation in London, under the leadership of Mr. Peer Baneke, CEO, MSIF, marks a pivotal moment for us. We eagerly anticipate our role in shaping the international MS landscape.” – Christelle Taute, Vice-Chair MSSA

Speaking to the team at MSSA, we got to learn more about the disease and how it is being managed in South Africa. They have shared some in-depth information about MS but if you have any questions, you can reach out directly here.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

Every case is proving unique, and the progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted but advances in research, and treatment is moving closer to a world free of MS.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. It is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system. Today over 2,500,000 people around the world have MS.

We worked closely with MS South Africa in May 2023, the official awareness month for the disease, to share more information as well as meet three of their community members who have been living with the disease. Over the month, we met Christelle, Michelle and finally Tina.

By sharing their stories, so many more lives were changed. Several people reached out to Good Things Guy to give thanks for raising awareness. It started with one story and made a difference.

Having all their hard work recognised is a massive accomplishment indeed!

Sources: MSSA – Supplied 
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