The latest edition of the Atlas of MS shows there are 2.8 million people living with multiple sclerosis around the world.

The Atlas of MS is a powerful advocacy tool for MS organisations and advocates to drive policy changes that can remove obstacles for people with MS and their families in their country. The data is a key way of shining a spotlight on MS to increase awareness and understanding around the world.


Key statistics and data collected from MSIF's Atlas of MS

Who is affected?

Who is affected?


years is the global average age of an MS diagnosis. Data is not available on the age of diagnosis for this country.

Women with MS


of people with MS in the world are women. Data is not available on the proportion of men and women who have MS for this country

Number of people with MS?

Number of people with MS

2.8 million

people are living with MS across the globe. Data on the number of people diagnosed with MS is not available for this country.

Children with MS


people under 18 years are diagnosed with MS in the 47 countries that were able to provide pediatric data. Information on pediatric MS is not available for this country.

Diagnosis of MS?

Diagnosis of MS


people are diagnosed with MS across the globe each day - that's one person every 5 minutes. Data on the number of people diagnosed each year are not available for this country.
* number based on 75 reporting countries

Diagnosed with MS


of people across the globe are initially diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. 12% have progressive MS at diagnosis and for 3% the type is unknown at diagnosis. Data on the type of MS people have at initial diagnosis is not available for this country.

What is the Atlas of MS?

The Atlas of MS is the most extensive worldwide study of the epidemiology of MS and the global availability and accessibility of resources for people with MS.

2020 worldwide study

The data shows that the number of people with MS across the globe has increased from 2.3 million in 2013 to 2.8 million in 2020. Download the report for the findings or download the full dataset if you would like to conduct your own analysis comparing multiple countries.

Powerful tool for change

The information in the Atlas of MS can be a powerful advocacy tool, shining a spotlight on MS and raising awareness of the lack of adequate resources available to diagnose, inform, treat, rehabilitate and support people with MS worldwide.

With thanks to…

Worldwide collaboration

The Atlas of MS relies on data supplied by MS organisations from around the world. We are most grateful to the country coordinators and their colleagues for taking the time and effort to gather the information and data.

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Clinical management of MS

The previous Atlas highlighted the inequalities in accessing treatments and care across the world. This new edition aimed to gather more data and covers the barriers to diagnosis, the availability of disease modifying treatments (DMTs) and how access varies globally. Additionally it covers healthcare provision (number of healthcare professionals, and the use of national guidelines or standards in relation to MS).

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