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Annual Picnic – MSSI Mumbai

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The Mumbai Chapter organised its annual picnic on Friday, 6th January 2023 at Rani Baug, Byculla. 64 participants including PwMS and their families met for the fun day out.

Rani Baug also known as Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan is a zoo and garden covering 53 acres of land situated at Byculla, in the heart of Mumbai City. It is the oldest public garden in Mumbai with varied flora and fauna.

It was a perfect day to visit the zoo. The attendees took in the sights of various animals in awe and wonder. Some animals that delighted everyone were elephants, tigers, black bears, pythons, cobras, deer, monkeys & baboons.

Next, the group took a tour of the ‘Paradise of Birds’ with beautiful birds like Malabar pied Hornbill, Alexandrine Parakeet, Golden Pheasant, Red-breasted Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Military Macaw, African Grey Parrot, White & Grey Cockatiel, Indian Peafowl etc.

The latest and very interesting addition to the zoo was the penguin enclosure that is the home for 13 penguins brought in from Seoul, South Korea.

The Zoo aviary offered a walkthrough among the noisy aquatic birds on the campus. Everyone walked on the wooden bridge, interacted with the birds, and also clicked pictures of the flying beauties. Pelicans, flamingos and albino crows, cranes, herons and storks were among the other species in this aviary made for aquatic birds.

A sumptuous lunch was served and enjoyed by everyone. The group also celebrated Bhakti Jadhav, PwMS’ birthday with wishes of luck and good health.

Dr Dev, Curator of the Zoo personally guided the group through the place and also brought the animals closer to the visitor’s arena so that everybody could capture good selfies and photos. Dr Dev waived the entry fees also which was a big help to MSSI. The chapter is grateful to Dr Dev for his support, making the picnic successful & also thankful to Mr Kais, who provided lunch at concessional rates.

It was a great day for all the attendees with lots of laughter, pictures, and discussions which strengthened the bond between all.


Visit to MSSI Mumbai Office by Kush Kale & Interaction with PwMS

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Kush Kale, grandson of Late PwMS Mrs. Neelima, Former National Treasurer, MSSI and  Late Mr. Sharad Kale is a 1st-year student of MBBS from Oxford University, London. During his trip to Mumbai, he had the pleasure of spending four days with Dr. Pradyumna Oak, Director & Head of Neurology, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai. To gain a wider perspective of the Indian MS Society, he had a one-to-one interaction with a few patients who are dealing with MS. It was an informative interaction where he highlighted the work done by MS Societies in the UK. This session was organised by Mrs. Sheela Chitnis and attended by Sandeep Chitnis, Hon. National Secretary &  Surekha Nerurkar, Hon. Treasurer of Mumbai Chapter, Kush’ parents Milind & Nutan and sister Kavya along with other MSSI Staff.


Divyang Sanskrutik Mahotsav 2022

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The Regional Deputy Commissioner (Mumbai), The Ministry of Social Justice & University of Mumbai in association with the Cerebral Palsy Association of India organised a ‘Divyang Sanskrutik Mahotsav’ on Tuesday 13 December 2022 at the University of Mumbai, Santacruz East, Kalina.

This event was specially organised to showcase the talents of young divyang persons in various fields. All the Divyang Achievers of 21 Disabilities falling under the PWD Act, 2016 were felicitated with the Achievers Award.

Divya Sreevalsan, PwMS associated with the Mumbai Chapter was also one of the persons who was chosen to receive this prestigious award. Divya has been a strong MS warrior for 15 years. As her MS progressed, her mobility gradually deteriorated and she has been using a wheelchair for quite some years now. She is a skilled graphic designer and enthusiastically works on assignments from the comfort of her home. Lately, she has been feeling weakness in the trunk and upper limbs and started using a powered wheelchair. She was presented with an achiever’s award and a citation certificate at the ceremony.

Mrs. Sundari Raju, Hon. Secretary MSSI, Mumbai Chapter, Geeta Mirchandani & Jigna Chanpura, PwMS also attended the award function. 30 special schools from Mumbai City & Mumbai Suburban participated in the event & trustees of various organisations were present at the ceremony.

It was a very entertaining program and heart-warming to see the talents displayed by especially abled persons who have excelled in various fields.

MS Walk on INDIA MS DAY – 2020

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MSSI, Mumbai Chapter had organized MS Awareness Walk on ‘India MS Day”, Sunday 2nd Feb 2020 at Shivaji Park. More than 200 participants, including MSSI Team, MSPs with families, Rotarians, Inner Wheel Members, students & Senior citizens.

Mr. Pravin Amre, National Cricketer & President, Shivaji Park Gymkhana and eminent Neurologist Dr. Sarosh Katrak graced the occasion. At Registration Free T-shirts were distributed & breakfast was served to all.

Dr. Rekha Bhatkhande, Hon. Secretary welcomed all & introduced Dr. Sarosh Katrak.

Dr. Katrak explained about Multiple Sclerosis in simple language. The audience listened with rapt attention. Mr. Sandeep Chitnis, MSSl’s National Vice President & Chairperson of Mumbai, briefed the crowd about MSSl’s various patient welfare services and explained the advantages of getting registered with MSSI.

Dr. Rekha on the spot called 2 MSPs to speak about their journey with MS. MSP Jigna from Mumbai & Mahana from Pune said that though they live with ups & downs with MS, they are happy due to their positive attitude which is taught by MSSI who also guide them to cope-up with MS.

Then MS Walk started by cutting of the ribbon by Pravin Amre along with Dr. Katrak & MSSI Committee Members. Mrs. Sundari Raju, Mumbai Chapter’s IMSD representative walked with students & other participants encouraging them by loudly chanting slogans “We support MS Cause”. It attracted a lot of morning walkers to come forward & receive MS brochures.

MSSI, Mumbai Chapter was happy for getting support from many and

Thus making “India MS Day Walk 2020” a Grand Success.

Dr. Amar Nath Tandon National Award 2019 to Mrs. Sheela Chitnis

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National Society For Equal Opportunities For the Handicapped, India (NASEOH, INDIA) established in 1968 & has been steadily working towards developing comprehensive rehabilitation opportunities for the persons with disabilities so as to facilitate integration into the mainstream of the society.

This year’s Dr. Amar Nath Tandon National Award for Voluntary services by Naseoh is given to Mrs. Sheela Chitnis, Co-founder of MSSI, India, who has pioneered the care and support to persons with MS in India through physiotherapy, Counseling & Medical Support. She has also mobilized sizable funds through creative ideas and events for the rehabilitation of Persons with MS.


Medical Seminar at Kokilaben Hospital

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MSSI MUMBAI in association with KDA Hospital & Medical Research Institute had organized Medical Seminar on Saturday, 7th Dec. 2019, from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. This was organized mainly to create awareness about MS for General Practitioners and other Health Professionals so that to be able to reach maximum number of MS patients, through GP.

The program started with the introduction and overview of Multiple Sclerosis by Dr. Mohit Bhatt, Director-Neurosciences & Movement Disorder Specialist, KDA Hospital.

Mrs. Sheela Chitnis gave a presentation about her 35 years journey of MSSI. She mentioned about the challenges she faced in the initial years at & various achievements throughout her journey.

Neurologists Dr. Jayanti Mani, Dr. Sunita Iyer, Dr. Annu Aggarwal, Dr. Tushar Raut gave presentations on various aspects of MS & Physiotherapist Dr. Navita Purohit, spoke about “Rehabilitation in MS”

Mind & Power Unlimited

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Report on “Mind & Power Unlimited”
Session by Mr. Sunil Parekh of Rise Development Academy

On Friday, 22nd November, 2019, MSSI Mumbai had organized a session “Mind Power Unlimited” which was conducted by Mr Sunil Parekh, Chairman & CEO of Rise Development. He is an IITian who is now known as an expert in transforming the lives of thousands. The program was held at the Rotary Garden, Wadala, Mumbai.

In the beginning, Mrs. Chitnis offered thanks to Mr. Sanjay Shah, Rotarian, Rotary club Wadala, Mumbai for offering a venue for the session free of cost.

Mr. Raj Dhyani introduced Mr. Parekh. He started the session at 10.00 a.m. with his brilliant PowerPoint Presentation about our subconscious mind. It was totally a new concept for all present. Mr. Parekh demonstrated by calling a few MS persons from the audience to him to show how we all possess this power and we can daily use it for the betterment of our living.

He kept on asking questions to the audience and thus involved all of us. No one felt bored or uninterested and everyone gave full attention to him.
From this session, our patients learnt a lot, i.e. how to remain healthy, how to reach to their goals, how to boost to stay with positive attitude etc. We would like to again invite Mr. Parekh to listen to his extra-ordinary presentation.

Mr. Raj Dhyani took a lot of efforts to organize this session.

In all 38 people including 16 MSPs and 8 caregivers attended the session, as it was working day.

Annual Diwali Programme 2019

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MSSI Mumbai Chapter organised Diwali Program on Saturday, 2nd November 2019, from 4.00 pm to 7 p.m. at Shanmukhanand Hall, Matunga, Mumbai.

Total 120 attended the program including 41 MSPs.

The program began with welcoming the audience by Mrs. Sundari Raju, Jt. Hon. Treasurer, followed by an invocation song by Mohan Music Club. The chief guest of the program was Dr. Kishor Mehta, Homeopath. He has started MS Clinic at Ghatkopar and soon going to start another one at Vile Parle.

Mr. Raj Dhyani, Committee Member of MSSI, Mumbai gave a presentation on a new project of “Artificial Intelligence for Rehabilitation” for MSPs.

We were delighted by the presence of Mr. Hemant Nerurkar, Retired MD of Tata Steel as a Guest of Honour for the program. Mr. Hemant Nerurkar generously sponsored the entire Diwali Program. Mrs. Nerurkar, Hon. Treasurer of Mumbai Chapter devoting her valuable time for MSSI.

Diwali Dhamaka started with entertaining performances by adorable children of MSPs. Their charming dances, songs were applauded by all and MSSI appreciated them with Chocolate boxes and T-Shirts.

The highlight of the program was MSP 72 year Sudha Kulkarni’s excellent dance performance with superb facial expressions and movements with the help of walker on Hindi film songs.

This was followed by the popular music program by Mohan Music Club, who enthralled the audience with their melodious voices from popular Bollywood songs. The audience enthusiastically participated in singing and dancing along with them.

MSSI is grateful to Mohan Music Club for giving free music performances. They were given a token of appreciation by MSSI.
Refreshments were served to all present and travel bags and sweet boxes were given as Diwali gifts to all MS families.
Mrs. Sundari Raju anchored the program and proposed vote of thanks to all present.

MS Clinic & Neuro Rehabilitation Workshop

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Report on Launch of ‘MS Clinic’ & Neuro Rehabilitation Workshop At Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai

As MSSI has taken the challenge to create continued awareness about MS in the society & looking after the wellbeing of MSPs, the renowned hospitals who are aware of an increasing number of MS cases in India are ready to offer better care to MSPs by opening specialised MS Clinic in association with us.

We, MSSI MUMBAI in association with Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai had organized Neuro Rehabilitation Workshop when they were going to Launch ‘MS Clinic” on Saturday, 14th Sept. 2019, at 3.00 p.m. In all 65 people attended the program including MSPs, caregivers, doctors, therapists and others.

The “MS Clinic Launch” program started with lighting the lamp by honourable Doctors of the Hospital & MSSI Office Bearers. Dr. Aashish Contractor, Head of the Neuro Rehab Centre, welcomed dignitaries & invitees (MSPs, caregivers, physio/occupational therapists). He then invited Dr. Arun Shah, Consultant Neurologist & Director, Neurology Services, Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, to speak on Epidemiology & symptoms of MS. Dr. Shah also spoke on new research on MS being carried out in their Research Centre.

Then Dr. Manish Chhabria, Neurologist highlighted the Disease Modifying Therapies (DMTs) and their benefits of controlling MS relapses. There was a testimonial by Mr. Thakkar, the spouse of one of the MSPs about the lifestyle changes she has made under the guidance of Neuro Rehab Team at the hospital due to which she is improved and has become independent.

Dr. Hemal Vora, Occupational Therapist spoke about dealing with fatigue in MS.

Dr. Poonam Bajaj, Neuro Physio Therapists who is in-charge of Neuro Rehab spoke on the excellent facilities available at their Rehab Centre showing video clips of patients using various machines like antigravity treadmill, aqua therapy in a pool for improving mobility etc. It was very encouraging.

Mrs. Sheela Chitnis, Founder of MSSI spoke about various services provided by MSSI to MSPs and families. She urged the audience that a person having MS should not think it as a Social Stigma and come forward to register with MS Society to avail the various facilities and share an interaction with other MS families. She also requested all present to offer their services as volunteers for MSSI events.