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Face to Face Programme

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Visit of Ms. Karen Dare – MS Ambassador – Melbourne, Australia spoke to us about “Living the Challenges with MS”.  She is MS person herself living with MS – a single mother of  three children.  She keeps  herself busy as children entertainer while coping with MS and working part time at the Melbourne office.

In Australia, MSP’s  receive help from their government for their medications, etc.  Apart from looking after her children, she also volunteered in an Orphanage in India way back in 2007.

Her motivational talk kept  our MS person  asking her question. She patiently answered them. She was very happy to be able to interact with our MS persons.

October the Month of the Carer: October for the last 19 years is dedicated to our Carers, it is their timeless effort taking care after their loved ones  which the Chapter appreciated  by awarding them  gifts  Gifts to the Carers be it   parents, husband/wife, brother/sister/ daughter/son, friends were all awarded prizes.

The Birthdays of the month, were celebrated with a harmonious rending of Happy Birthday and cutting of the Birthday cake followed by a sumptuous tea.

PICNIC 2016

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On Saturday 17th September 2016, 65 members including MSPs, Caregivers, Committee Members, Staff  and volunteers enjoyed a day’s outing amidst naturally beautiful surroundings at SANSKRUTI RESORT, at Loni Kalbhor which is about 45 minutes drive from the city. Committee Member, Mrs Noorbanu Jinnah’s persuasions allowed a discounted cost for the good cause.

A 48-Seater bus was arranged and the pick-up and drop place was at Committee Member, Mrs Jyoti Ronghe’s residence where all had assembled at 10.30 AM and reached the picnic place at 12 noon. Our Community Partners BNY Mellon volunteers efficiently looked after the convenience and comfort of all MSPS right from the start to the time of seeing them off safe back home.

Everyone was treated to a welcome drink along with breakfast.

Being a Cultural Centre, the MSPs and their caregivers spent an interesting day trying their talent at Mehndi, pottery, jewellery making etc.

While a magician entertained the crowd, many MSPs and their caregivers joined in the dance on the stage with another folk dance artist.

Mrs Noorbanu Jinnah, Mrs Jyoti Ronghe, Mrs Sunita Lalwani, Mrs Asha Merchant and Mrs Madhuri Kothawale talked to motivate the MSPs and their Caregivers and showed their appreciation for their courage and positive attitude to have come out of their daily routines and have a fun filled day with their MSSI friends.

Lunch too was appreciated by all and after a group photo-session everyone readied to return around 4 pm .

Activities in 2016

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Catch a glimpse of some of the activities and events held by the Hyderabad Chapter

We celebrated India MS Day along with our annual program Akanksha at Lumbini Park, Hyderabad which was attended by about 70 persons. We had a fellowship time of all the PwMS with their families followed by the Laser Show and snacks sponsored by MSSI. This event created awareness amongst the general public

Arogya – Annual Master Health Check was conducted at Zoi Hospital. 21 persons availed this facility. Breakfast was served by MSSI.

The World MS Day 2016 was celebrated at Tivoli Theatre, Secunderabad. Everyone enjoyed the movie AZHAR and the mouthwatering snacks. This was a successful awareness campaign.

The National AGM 2016 was hosted by MSSI Hyderabad Chapter at Green Park Hotel, Begumpet on 9th September 2016. There was an excellent representation by the dignitaries from the Head Office and all the Chapters. This was followed by a Musical evening by Dr. Mahesh Joshi and dinner.

Face to Face Programme

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Our Face to Face Programme on August 6, 2016. BOSCH lunch room.  The speaker of the evening was Mrs. Vasanthi  Ranganathan, Rotary Aluma 1983, Fulbright Scholar with Management degrees and Counselling degrees from the U.S. She  spoke on “Heaven’s chosen Few” followed by shared experiences.

It was an interactive evening where MS persons and their carers were made to feel extra special, and left with happy hearts and on positive notes!!

Living well with MS

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UCB had organized a Webcast on Saturday 28′ May 2016 on Living Well with M S This was a good opportunity for patients and their care givers to listen and interact with the Speakers from the comfort of their homes.

The Programme was as follows :

Pavan Kumar, Patient Services Manager, UCB India, welcomed all & gave brief information about World MS Day & MSSI’s Month of creating maximum awareness.

Dr. Girish Nair, Neurologist from Fortis Hospital explained on Importance of Adherence. He explained in detail how the decease modifying therapies help MSP if it is started at the incept of the MS & how the continuation of the same with your Neurologist’s advice can improve the quality of life for a longer period.

Dr Satish Khadilkar, Sr. Neurologist. Bombay Hospital in his recorded message spoke about now there are number of therapies available & hence there is a hope for managing MS symptoms better.

Ms. Sheela Chitnis, Chairperson of MSSI, Mumbai, explained the role of MSSI as a support system in India for MSPs & also for their families and also informed about the regular welfare schemes undertaken by all the Chapters in India for improving & maintaining the quality of life of MSPs.

MSP Tina Tejas, spoke that in spite of her MS , she has maintained her balance of home chores & her office work. She is an inspirational example to all MS families.

We received lot of queries and our speakers tried to answer as many as they could. Webcast was conducted by UCB in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI)

 

Musical Evening

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Multiple Sclerosis Society Of India (MSSI), Mumbai Chapter, World MS Day 2016

Spectacular Musical Evening !!!!

MSSI Mumbai Chapter on Wednesday 25th May 2016 celebrated World MS Day with lot of MSPs & their families. We had organized a Musical Evening at SIES Auditorium, Matunga from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

The Chief Guest of the program was BJP Corporator Rajshri Shirwadkar , from Sion , Matunga area. In her speech she applauded the services of MSSI provided to the MS patients and encouraged young MSPs to overcome their difficulties and live an independent life.

Dr. Rahul Joshi, Homeopath & Popular Music Therapist & Singer enthralled the audience for 2 hours in his melodious voice with Karaoke. He highlighted on different Ragas for different chakras of our bodies to improve quality of life.

His selection of popular Bollywood songs took the audience on a musical journey where they enthusiastically participated in singing along with him.

This year’s World MS Day’s, Global theme was Independence in MS. Hence we decided to give Mobility aids to those who have some financial constraints and they are deprived of the benefit of using Mobility aids.

MSSI purchased user friendly Wheelchairs and Bajaj Electricals Ltd donated Walkers & Tripods. On behalf of MSSI, Chief Guest Mrs. Rajshri Shirwadkar distributed these mobility aids to MSPs.

MSSI acknowledged by presenting Plaques to: Nobel Hygiene for regularly donating Adult Diapers & Bajaj Electricals Ltd for donating Walkers & Tripods for MS Day.

MSSI Mumbai’s dedicated & devoted Social worker Geeta Mirchandani, who is immensely popular with MSPs & families for last 25 years was felicitated by MSSI with a Plaque and a cash prize of Rs 10000/-

Our sincere thanks to : Chief Guest, BJP Corporator Rajshri Shirwadkar for being present in spite of her busy schedule.

Our Special Thanks to : Dr. Rahul Joshi for conducting a Relaxing & Refreshing Musical Evening at the concessional rate.

We thank Dhara Thakkar for Comparing the Program & donating Fruit drinks.

We also thank MS families, well-wishers, donors & all present.

MSSI provided sumptuous snack boxes to all. Conveyance was paid to needy patients.

As orange was the color for WMSD we distributed orange bows to everyone & T-shirts to some.

 

World MS Day

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Cyber City Magarpatta has a huge community of young software professionals working with most prominent corporate names so it was an ideal venue for Awareness. MSSI along with their Community Partners BNY Mellon group of volunteers organised an Awareness Drive at the Amphitheatre, Aditi Garden on 25th May 2016 between 5 pm and 6 pm when their streets and by lanes have maximum people outdoors.

Hon Secretary Mrs Sunita Lalwani welcomed all. MSSI orange caps drew good crowds who took time to listen to the Presentation made by Mrs Lalwani and gathered a lot of knowledge about MS, its impact and challenges faced by MS persons and also learnt that MSSI was active in managing and facilitating many issues with these persons.

BNY Mellon volunteers had made big charts which attracted the onlookers who had lot of queries which Chairman Mr JP Banerjee and Mrs Sarita Varma clarified and impressed upon them the importance of being aware of health issues which are less known like MS.

The event concluded after a photo session at Tower No. 6 where about a 100 supporters assembled after completing a Walkathon around Cyber city with the slogan “YES! WE CARE!”

Human Chain

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More than 800 employees of Bank of New York Mellon, along with MS persons gathered in the campus , which houses 21 I.T. Companies at 5 pm on the evening of May 25, 2016, showing solidarity with MS, persons by forming a “Human Chain” and raising slogans like “We are Stronger than MS” . “ Multiple Sclerosis means “Multiple Disabilities”, etc. This was observed by hundreds of employees of other companies. World MS Day badges were worn by one and all. Leaflets on MS were distributed to the onlookers. It was highly visible demonstration in support of MS and created must  needed awareness among the youth working in the campus

Medical Camp

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A leading hospital in Chennai “Fortis Malar Hospital” hosted a Medical Camp in their premises. MS persons were seen by the Dentist, the Gynecologist, the Urologist , the Ophthalmologist, the Neurologist, the Diabetologist, and other  blood tests, etc were taken. The camp lasted for over 4 hours. The patients were able to get a thorough check up.

Radio Talk Show

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Chennai Live FM

On the morning of May 24, 2016, a prominent and Senior Neurologist Rd. M.R. Sivakumar, Mrs. Ann Gonsalvez, Chairperson, MSSI, Chennai and two MS persons, Mrs. Vasanthi  Parameshwar and Mr. Sivakumar, gathered at Chennai Live Radio Station and a live question and answer session was conducted for 30 minutes. Audiences are large for this Radio Station and phone calls poured in after the talk.

Radio Rainbow – Government sponsored Radio Station .

A live talk was given in the local language Tamil over this Radio Station by Dr. R. Bhanu  Neurologist & Dean of the Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Hospital , Chennai on MS

World MS Day (Chennai)

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A “Talk Show” was held at a prominent Hotel in the city on May 24, 2016. Six MS persons – Mr. Gopi, a Research Scholar, Ms. Bharathikannamma , a young, B.E. Electronics Engineer, Prof. Sunder, a  Professor of Mathematics,  Ms. Smitha, a Social Activists, Ms. Pramila , Leadership Trainer & Executive Coach, and Mr. Shanmuganathan , a retired engineer, father and grandfather all spoke of each of them “Being Stronger than MS”. Each talk echoed the pathos the all went thru’ braving MS, and still climbing the ladder in their professional and personal lives. A top comedy actor “Mr. Karthik Kumar” hosted the show. They were about 100 guests , well wishers, donors, MS persons and carers. It was very well received by one and all and created the much needed “Awareness of MS”. The meeting was followed by sumptuous dinner.

World MS Day (Mumbai)

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Multiple Sclerosis Society Of India(MSSI), Mumbai Chapter, World MS Day 2016

Educational Medical Seminar

 Multiple Sclerosis Society of India along with global MS Societies observes World MS Day on the last Wednesday of May every year. This year MSSI had decided to organize various nationwide MS awareness campaigns throughout May.

On Sunday 22nd, in association with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, MSSI Mumbai Chapter had organized an Educational Medical Seminar, on “ Multiple Sclerosis, New Developments” at Grand Sarovar Banqet Hall , Goregoan from 10 .30 am to 1 pm.

In all 110 people were present including many Doctors, Patients, Caregivers, Therapists and MSSI Team .

Dr. Mohit Bhatt, Neurologist & Director Neurosciences, KDAH. Welcomed all present.

Following Doctors from KDAH enlightened the audience by sharing their expertise on various aspects of MS.

  • Dr. Jayanti Mani, Neurologist, briefed on “ABC of Multiple Sclerosis.”
  • Dr. Sunita Iyer, Neurophysiologist spoke about “Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis.”
  • Dr. Niren Dongre, MS Ophthalmology gave detailed information on “Acute loss of vision :Is it Multiple Sclerosis?”
  • Dr. Chinmay Mehta, Neuroradiologist, Multiple sclerosis mimics : MRI to the rescue.
  • Dr. Annu Aggarwal, Neurologist highlighted on “newer treatment options and outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis.”

On behalf of MSSI, Sheela Chitnis spoke on 31 Years Journey of MSSI , where she highlighted the ongoing patient welfare Projects & Rehabilitation. She also highlighted various Awareness drives taken by MSSI, Mumbai .

This was followed by animated Question-Answer Session where all these experts participated.

MSSI is grateful to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, our special thanks to Dr. Mohit Bhatt & Dr. Annu Aggarwal for organizing an excellent Medical Seminar & providing lunch to all present.

We offer our sincere thanks to all KDAH doctors for giving us valuable information on MS.

 

World MS Day

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WORLD MS DAY 2016 was observed on 14th May 2016 at SGS MALL, Moledena Road, Camp area.

Saturday’s leisure crowds at the Mall, plus the audience made it a decent gathering and we were happy with the interest generated at a public place. Chairman Mr JP Banerjee welcomed all listeners to the WORLD MS DAY 2016. He talked about MS & MSSI.

Mrs Sunita Lalwani presented a PPT to explain about MS and the challenges faced by MS persons. This year WMSD theme being “INDEPENDENCE”, two of our MS persons Mrs Jyoti Ronghe and Mr. Amit Bhandari had prepared audio visuals about what independence meant to them and this was played to the audience. The AVs were very informative and appreciated by the public.

Later singer Madhura Gogate entertained all with some motivational songs in her melodious voice and the audience too chorused along. Mrs Asha Merchant made many join in for the 1-minute games she organised.

Mr JP Banerjee felicitated MSPs, Caregivers, Volunteers and Donors as a token of appreciation for their involvement in improving the lives of MSPs.

Our Community Partners BNY Mellon group of volunteers cheered the crowd with a dance along with a popular Marathi song and even obliged the crowd with an encore performance.

The event concluded with a Human Chain where Mall visitors too joined hands and chorused “YES! WE CARE!”

 

Happy Streets

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HAPPY STREETS, an Initiative of Times of India& Maharashtra Times has of recent times become a much sought after outing on Sunday mornings almost round the year. The PMC and Pune Police ensured discipline and order. The young and energetic and not so young too look for a fun filled few hours and in the process learn about issues from organisations like us who take every opportunity to spread Awareness about MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS and MSSI. This particular Sunday, Happy Streets was also celebrating MAHARASHTRA DAY so our participation was quite a success amidst large gathering. The World MS Day was to follow so as a precursor to the event this was a good exposure.

The Sunday morning of 1st May 2016 was abuzz with activity, as early as 6.30 AM at PARIHAR CHOWK, AUNDH, PUNE.  Some MSSI staff, friends and well wishers joined 15 volunteers of BNY Mellon who are our NGO Partners to take the MSSI message of “YES! WE CARE” on the HAPPY STREETS. The BNY MELLON volunteers in yellow T-Shirts with their company logo and all of us with MSSI caps and MSSI Placards on us made our group a distinct crowd puller. Many enquired and listened to us and collected English and Hindi Brochures from us to know more about MS and MSSI.

The group cycled the entire length of the HAPPY STREET for half hour and walked back chanting YES, WE CARE. The big draw was the Maharashtra Day Wall where we all signed with the name MSSI. It was a healthy happy morning for all with different groups leading all participants to a Zumba dance, the Djembe Drum Circle, badminton, football and much more…