Are we Counted?

Covid-19 has shown us how inequalities in access can stop us from living our lives to the fullest. Difficulty in access to affordable healthcare or treatment gets accentuated when one is living with Multiple Sclerosis or MS – a rare progressive disease of the nervous system – during a pandemic.

People living with MS are at the risk of being overlooked as there is no comprehensive data on them in India. They are not counted and therefore are MISSING – missing from health policy, insurance or research.


The Multiple Sclerosis Society of India has launched the #NumbersMatter Campaign to bring attention to the fact data is important. Absence of data causes barriers in access to affordable treatment, policy formulation and research for Multiple Sclerosis, Therefore, there is an immediate need for a mechanism to collect comprehensive data on Multiple Sclerosis at the country level.

Over the next one month, MSSI is raising a call to ensure no person with MS is left behind!. We have some great activities planned across the next four weeks – 25 July – 22 August 2021 – and with your help, we will increase the footprint of the coordinated campaign.



We appeal to you to sign this petition in solidarity with the cause of the people living with Multiple Sclerosis in India. This will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to call on them to ensure that every MS person is counted and none are left behind!




We need your support. The more people sign the petition, the stronger our voices will be! Help us to be heard! Sign the petition here and then post one of our ‘I have signed this petition‘ graphics below with your picture in it on your Social Media handles. Do remember to use #NumbersMatter and tag us @mssocietyindia


Our social media handles will constantly keep you updated on the latest in the campaign.  For event details and joining links follow us on: