The Finnish MS Society
The Finnish MS Society looks after the interests of people with MS and rare progressive neurological diseases as well as their families.
Both MS and many of the rare neurological diseases usually break out at the age of 20–40 years. There is no curing treatment for these diseases, but the quality of life of most of patients can be improved by medication, rehabilitation, exercise and peer support.
Apart from the patients themselves, the family and friends are affected by the progressive neurological disease. The Finnish MS Society aims at offering the people with MS and their families the best possible support for a good life. The Society provides, among other things, guidance and information in a new life situation. The rehabilitation and accommodation services of the Society are available at different stages of the disease.
The MS Society aims at promoting the research in neurological diseases, as well as the nursing and rehabilitation and looking after the social benefits of people suffering from such diseases. The MS Society provides information and publications to serve the people with MS and their families, as well as e.g. professionals and students in public health care.
What is MS?
MS or multiple sclerosis is the best known of the diseases covered by the activities of the MS Society. About 7,000 people in Finland suffer from the disease. The immune defence of a person with MS functions incorrectly and causes damage to the cerebral and spinal nerves. The symptoms and progress of MS differ from one person to another. The disease may progress rapidly and cause difficulty of movements, or it may be almost symptom-free.
Typical symptoms of multiple sclerosis include vision disturbances, muscular weakness, symptoms of the sense of touch and fatigue. In most cases MS progresses in waves, so that there are both worse and symptomless periods. The cause of MS is not known, but genetic and environmental factors are believed to affect the outbreak of the disease.
Who is rare?
The activities of the Finnish MS Society cover dozens of different diagnoses, including the rare progressive diseases of the cerebellum and spinal cord, such as spinocerebellar ataxies, syringomyelia, hereditary spastic parapareses and polyradiculites. A total of about 1,700 people are suffering from these diseases. According to the European definition, a disease in Finland is rare if less than 2,500 people are affected. The diseases represented by the MS Society are even more rare. The disease categories may only include a few dozen or hundred people. The symptoms and causes of the diseases are varied, and some of the rare diseases run in the family. The more rare the disease, the more difficult it is to find expert information and peer support.
How to join as a member?
People with MS, their families or persons and societies supporting the work can join as members. The 24 local chapters of the MS Society have in all more than 10,000 members. The local chapters provide peer support to the patients and their families and bring club activities closer. Join the Society now! As a membership benefit, you will receive the Avain magazine that comes out seven times per year. By joining you will also give your support to the activities of the MS Society and its local chapters. The membership fee varies depending on the chapter and type of membership. You can join the Society at www.ms-liitto.fi/liity.
Make a donation
Donations to the Finnish MS Society will always be used to support the activities for the benefit of the patients and their families. The donations can be paid to the following bank account: FI 88 5710 0420 7349 15. You may also donate by telephoning 0600 9 2622. The price of a call is EUR 10.02 + local network charge.
Collection permit: POHADno2020/2010/3916. The permit is valid from 1 January 2011–31 December 2012 throughout Finland with the exception of the Åland Islands.