The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) was established in 1967
as an international umbrella organization linking the activities of national MS
societies around the world.
MSIF currently works with its 34 full member societies, 9 associate member
societies and 44 corresponding organizations.
To lead the global MS movement by stimulating research into the understanding
and treatment of MS and by improving the quality of life of people affected by
MS. In undertaking this mission, MSIF will utilise its unique collaboration
with people affected by MS, national MS societies, health professionals and the
international scientific community.
MSIF seeks to achieve its mission by fulfilling the following aims:
Stimulate and support national MS societies in their work to improve the
quality of life of people with MS in ensuring:
People with MS have access to a wide range of appropriate medical care
services, treatments, therapies and support they need to mitigate the effects
of MS, maintain positive health practices and a healthy lifestyle.
People with MS benefit from accessible homes, public buildings and communities.
People with MS their family members and carers have access to support systems
and services to enable them to benefit from employment and education.
People with MS their family members and carers are supported by flexible
benefits, rights, entitlements and services.
Increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with MS
and how to improve their quality of life.
Provide people affected by MS with the resources to make informed decisions
affecting the quality of life of people with MS and the management and
treatment of the disease.
Stimulate research into understanding the cause and cure of MS and the
development of better more cost effective treatments.
MSIF programme objectives
MSIF seeks to fulfil its aims and achieve its mission by prioritising on the
following programme objectives:
Support the development of effective national MS societies.
Communicate knowledge, experience and information about MS
Advocate globally for the international MS community
Stimulate research into the understanding, treatment and cure of MS
MSIF is governed by a Council, comprised of delegates from each full member
society, which appoint one voting member each. The Council, which has overall
responsibility for reviewing the activities and defining the policies and
direction of the organisation, meets biennially. It elects a Nominating
Committee from its members, which elects the MSIF Board which is responsible
for ensuring the implementation of the MSIF’s policies and programme of work.
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