Acknowledgements

The development of the questionnaire and the final report was informed by an MSIF Atlas of MS Update Advisory Group with the following members: Professor Alan J Thompson (United Kingdom); Professor Bernard Uitdehaag (Netherlands); Professor Bruce Taylor (Australia); Mr Ed Holloway (United Kingdom); Dr Helen Tremlett (Canada); Dr Lekha Pandit (India); Professor Mario Battaglia (Italy).

Mr Chris Baker assisted in the data analysis.

MSIF staff

Dr Paul Browne (Atlas of MS Coordinator), Dr Dhia Chandraratna (Head of Research), Ceri Angood (Director of Programmes), Leni Candan (Communications Coordinator), Tim Pemberton (Head of Communications) and Peer Baneke(CEO).

We are most grateful to the following country coordinators and their colleagues for taking the time and effort to gather the information and data required by the MS Atlas survey:

Albania: Jera Kruja

Algeria: Mahmoud Ait-Kaci-Ahmed

Argentina: Edgardo Cristiano

Armenia: Nune S. Yeghiazaryan

Australia: Julia Morahan

Austria: Barbara Bajer-Kornek, Thomas Berger, Ulf Baumhackl, Robert Schlathau, M. Sepke, M. Schmid, M. Lanzinger

Bahrain: Adel Aljishi

Bangladesh: Nirmalendu Bikash Bhowmik

Belgium: Christiane Tihon

Bolivia: Juan Carlos Duran Quiroz, Rosangela la Bolanos Lozano, Gaby Rosario Calleja Bustillos

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Azra Alajbegovic

Brazil: Liliana Russo, Maria Christina Brandão de Giacomo

Bulgaria: Christo Balabanov

Cameroon: Alfred K. Njamnshi, Kuate Tegueu Callixte

Canada: Helen Tremlett, Deanna Groetzinger, Paul O’Connor, Amit Bar-Or

China: Wei Qiu

Colombia: Jorge Luis Sánchez Múnera

Costa Rica: Alexander Parajeles

Côte d’Ivoire: Thérèse Sonan

Croatia: Tanja Malbasa

Cuba: Margarita Ruiz, Oscar Valdés Yero

Cyprus: Marios Pantzaris

Czech Republic: Marta Vachová

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Daniel Okitundu, Luwa E-Andjafono

Denmark: Torben Damsgaard, Nasrin Asgari, Mette Bryde Lind

Dominican Republic: Rose Mary Cruz Mejia

Egypt: Mohamed I. Hegazy

Estonia: Katrin Gross-Paju, Pille-Katrin Levin

Ethiopia: Meron Awraris Gebewold

Finland: Juhani Ruutiainen, Pia-Nina Vekka

France: Olivier Heinzlef, Jacques Bonneau, Bastien Roux, Daniel Brunier, Sophie Galland-Froger

Germany: Gabriele Seestaedt, Thomas Henze, Orhan Aktas, Marius Ringelstein, Peter Flachenecker

Ghana: Albert Kwaku Akpalu

Greece: Euphrosyni Koutsouraki, Orologas Anastasios, Konstantinos Mixalakis, Kalogianni Dimitra

Guatemala: Freddy Rolando Girón Azurdia

Guinea: Fode  Abass Cisse

Hungary: Hungarian Multiple Sclerosis Society

Iceland: Berglind Gudmundsdottir

India: Bhim Sen Singhal, Lekha Pandit

Indonesia: Kanya Puspokusumo

Iran (Islamic Republic of): Mohammad Ali Sahraian, Zahra Vahaji

Iraq: Sarmad AbdulRasool Mohammed

Ireland: Aidan Larkin, Christopher McGuigan, Emma Rogan

Israel: Ronit Galili Mosberg

Italy: Mario Alberto Battaglia, Grazia Rocca

Japan: Kazuo Fujihara

Jordan: Mohammed Al Shehab, Nelly Al-Baz

Kenya: Juzar Hooker

Kuwait: Raed Alroughani

Latvia: Jolanta Kalnina, Skaidrite Beitlere

Lebanon: Bassem I. Yamout

Libya: Souad Ahmad Zoubi

Liechtenstein: Michael Koehler

Lithuania: Rasa Kizlaitiene

Luxembourg: René Metz, Jeff Katzenmeier, Jacques Steffen

Malawi: Laura Benjamin

Malaysia: Joyce Pauline Joseph

Malta: Josanne Aquilina

Mexico: Teresa Corona, Jose Flores

Moldova: Vitalie Lisnic

Mongolia: Shuren Dashzeveg

Montenegro: Andrijana Nikolic

Morocco: Mohamed Yahyaoui

Myanmar: Win Min Thit, Tin Htar New

Netherlands: Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation

New Zealand: Sridhar Alla

Nicaragua: Jorge Alberto Martinez Cerrato

Nigeria: Adesola Ogunniyi

Norway: Kjell-Morten Myhr, Mona Iren Enstad, Bjørn-Anders Foss Iversen, Nina Jahren Kristoffersen

Oman: Abdullah Al-Asmi

Pakistan: Muhammed Wasay

Palestinian Authority: Ali Hijjawi

Panama: Fernando Gracia

Paraguay: Fernando Hamuy Diaz de Bedoya

Peru: Darwin Vizcarra Escobar

Portugal: Joao Carlos Correia de Sa

Qatar: Hassan Al-hail

Republic of Korea: Kwang-Kuk Kim

Romania: Ovidiu-Alexandru Bajenaru, Claudia Torje, Liliana Nicolescu, Dragos Gheorghe Zaharia

San Marino: Susanna Guttmann

Saudi Arabia: Shireen Qureshi

Serbia: Tatjana Pekmezovic, Jelena Drulovic, Irena Dujmovic Basuroski

Singapore: Quek May Lin Amy

Slovenia: Beatrika Koncan Vrako

South Africa: Girish Modi

Spain: Susana Otero Romero, José E. Meca Lallana, Carmen Tur Gómez, Alfredo Rodriguez Antiguedad, Oscar Fernández, Celia Oreja-Guevara

Sri Lanka: Bimsara Senanayake

Sweden: Leszek Stawiarz, Jan Hillert

Switzerland: Christian Kamm, Patricia Monin

Taiwan: Ching Piao Tsai

Thailand: Sasitorn Siritho, Naraporn Prayoonwiwat, Kritsadarat Wattansuwan, Metha  Apiwattanakul, Kritsadarat Wattansuwan

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Tatjana Petkovska Boskova

Tunisia: Riadh Gouider

Turkey: Aksel Siva, Ayşe Şafak, Demet Yandım Kuşcu

United Arab Emirates: Jihad Inshasi

United Kingdom: Ed Holloway, David Miller, Nick Rijke, Maria Leite

United States of America: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Uruguay: Carlos Oehninger, Ricardo Esquenet

Venezuela: Arnoldo Soto

Yemen: Hesham Awn, Riham Mohammed Aldubaiee

Zambia: Masharip Atadzhanov

Zimbabwe: Gift Wilson Ngwende