22nd July- World Brain Day

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• World Brain Day is an initiative of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), held on July 22nd each year.
• The proposal was announced at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN), Council of Delegates meeting on 22 September 2013.
• The Board of Trustees meeting in February 2014 endorsed this proposal as an annual activity.
• The main objective of this day of the brain is to increase public awareness and promote advocacy related to brain health.
• World Brain Day 2021 is dedicated to multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurological disease that affects 2.8 million people of all ages globally.
• Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating neurological disease that impacts every aspect of a person’s life, with effects ranging from cognitive impairment to significant physical disability.
• Multiple sclerosis is caused by inflammation driven loss of myelin, a type of fat/lipid layer that insulates nerves, damaging the brain and spinal cord.
• Disease-modifying treatments slow disease progression, dramatically improving the quality of life for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.
• 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