Back in September, we launched the first part of the Atlas of MS (3rd edition), which showed us that there are approximately 2.8 million people around the world living with MS. Part 2 highlights the wide disparities and barriers that exist globally in accessing diagnosis, disease modifying therapies and care services. It also looks at healthcare provision, such as the number of healthcare professionals, and the use of national guidelines or standards in relation to MS.

Although there have been many important changes in the health landscape for people with MS in recent years relating to diagnosis and therapy options, we continue to see inequalities across and within countries. The Atlas of MS maps these challenges across 107 countries around the world.

Part 2 highlights the wide disparities and barriers that exist globally in accessing diagnosis, disease modifying therapies and care. Although, as you know well, there have been many important changes in the health landscape for people with MS in recent years regarding diagnosis and therapy options, unfortunately we continue to see inequalities across and within countries.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the clinical management module of the Atlas of MS.  

Some of the key findings from this module include:

  • More than three quarters of countries worldwide face issues that prevent early diagnosis of MS
  • In 7 out of 10 countries, people with MS face barriers in accessing disease modifying therapies
  • Therapies for invisible symptoms like fatigue and cognitive impairment are unavailable in 4 out of 10 countries

 

You can find the full report, and a range of other tools in the hyperlinks provided. We have also produced a new Atlas of MS video - barriers to diagnosis, treatment and care which centres around the key messages shown above. You can watch this on YouTubeFacebook and LinkedIn. The report and video are just available in English at the moment but the Spanish and Arabic versions should be available soon – the other tools are available in all three languages.

Find out more about the Atlas of MS clinical management data on the Atlas of MS website.

 
 
 
 
 

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF)

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www.msif.org