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Felicitation of MS person, Jyoti Rhonge

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Honouring Resilience! Mrs. Jyoti Rhonge, a true inspiration and fighter against Multiple Sclerosis, was felicitated by the Indian Medical Association of Pune during India MS Day celebrations.

In a remarkable Outreach Program: Continual Medical Education, six eminent neurologists shed light on MS, expanding the knowledge of around 100 General Physicians. Ms. Asha Merchant, Hon. Secretary, MSSI Pune, highlighted the invaluable work of MSSI, while Mrs. Jyoti Rhonge, G.C. Member, Pune Chapter, shared her personal journey as an MS warrior.

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Outreach Program

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MSSI Pune Chapter organized an Outreach Program co-hosted with IMA Pune on February 4, 2024! Engaging 120 doctors, the event centred on Multiple Sclerosis education. Highlights included an inspiring journey shared by MS warrior Jyoti Ronghe, insights from Asha Merchant on MSSI’s commitment, and a dynamic panel of neurologists discussing critical MS topics.

Educational materials were distributed, the medical panel was honoured, and a grand lunch concluded this enriching day, fostering collaboration and camaraderie.

Outreach Program : Continual Medical Education

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MSSI Pune Chapter, in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association, Pune, is thrilled to announce its Outreach Program: Continual Medical Education on India MS Day!

Over 200 General Physicians will be guided by six distinguished Neurologists, amplifying awareness and expertise in Multiple Sclerosis. This initiative is a crucial leap in our theme for the year: #InsureMyMS as empowering General Physicians expedites the diagnosis process.

Together, let’s pave the way for a healthier future!

Annual Physiotherapy Camp

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Celebrating the success of the Annual Physiotherapy Camp organized by MSSI Pune Chapter and Sancheti Hospital on September 10, 2023. Dr. Radha Bhattad underscored the crucial role of physiotherapy in MS management, complemented by inspiring personal narratives from individuals with MS.

Sancheti Hospital’s physiotherapists demonstrated impactful exercises, emphasizing their significance. Insights on environmental adjustments and caregiver well-being enriched the understanding of comprehensive care.

Kavita Bhasein emphasized the transformative impact of physiotherapy on symptom management. Heartfelt appreciation is extended to all contributing physiotherapists.

The day included enjoyable group activities, fostering a sense of community. Special thanks to BNY Mellon volunteers for their dedicated support.

The camp concluded with personalized consultations, ensuring individualized attention. As participants bid farewell at 4 pm, a commitment to holistic well-being in the face of MS resonates.

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Free Annual Medical Camp at Ruby Hall Clinic

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We are delighted to share the heartening success of our Free Annual Medical Camp held at Ruby Hall Clinic after Covid-19 pandemic.

Our MSSI Pune chapter provided much-needed medical assistance to our registered MS individuals whose turnout was 41. Along with them, the camp was attended by caregivers, BNY Volunteers, MSSI staff, committee members, doctors, and their assistants from various specialities such as Neurology, Gynaecology, General medicine, and Physiotherapy.

The camp saw a turnout not only from Pune but also from far-flung areas like Beed, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Sangali, and Nagpur. Even our bedridden MS persons who were keen to attend the camp were brought in by ambulance.

As the day closed to an end, all the prescribed medicines were made available free of cost by MSSI, along with to-and-fro travel charges for attending the camp, thus ensuring that individuals received necessary care without bearing any financial burden on themselves.

To express our gratitude for the success of the medical camp, we presented mementoes to the attending doctors for their dedication and efforts. A heartfelt shoutout to the young and enthusiastic BNY volunteers, who won the admiration of both doctors and MS individuals with their remarkable support and assistance.

We extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to this event’s success. Let’s continue supporting each other as we journey towards a healthier and more caring future. Together, we can overcome any challenges that come our way!

Image depicting a diverse and supportive community of individuals affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), coming together for mutual support, education, and empowerment.

Thanksgiving Event for Caregivers

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The Pune Chapter organised a ‘Thanksgiving event for Caregivers’ on 25 March 2023 at the Ritz Hotel, Sadhu Vaswani Chowk, Pune. 95 people attended the event including, 40 volunteers, PwMS, 44 caregivers and staff & committee members. The event was abuzz with activities like singing, dancing, games, comedy and storytelling by volunteers and members alike. A brief talk on the importance of volunteering encouraged BNY employees to motivate more people from their organisation.

Volunteers presented a rose and a small box of chocolates to caregivers. As a token of appreciation, the caregivers presented some brochures on MSSI and MS with Thank You cards to the volunteers.

Diaper Distribution Event

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The Pune Chapter held a Diaper Distribution event on 11 March 2023 at their office. The chapter utilized BNY Mellon funds earmarked for adult diapers. The event began with a brief introduction about MSSI and its activities. Mohna Paranjpe, PwMS spoke about her journey with MS. Post the speeches, wrapped packets of diapers were handed over by BNY volunteers to the members of MSSI. The diapers were presented to MSSI and not directly to PwMS to avoid discomfort.

An icebreaker session was also conducted where members and volunteers planted saplings in earthen pots. The chapter will nurture these plants. The very enthusiastic volunteers also got involved in wrapping around 50 prizes and gifts for our next event. They took it upon themselves as a part of the volunteering efforts. It was a great event and a wonderful way to introduce new employees from BNY Mellon to volunteering.

Breakfast Talk on Multiple Sclerosis

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Extentia Information Technology, Pune, as a part of their Breakfast Talk series, organised an awareness session on Invisible Multiple Sclerosis with Anjali Vyas, PwMS MSSI Pune Chapter on 9 February 2023. About 80 people both online & offline attended this session.

Anjali shared her experience of living with MS and presented information on symptoms, statistics, challenges & the impact of MS on the Employment of PwMS. She also shared the findings of the survey by MSIF & the baseline study she conducted during her fellowship on factors affecting the employment of PwMS. During her presentation she also asked questions, busting the myths around MS which made the entire session very interactive. She concluded her talk by sharing examples of Reasonable Accommodation for PwMS at the workplace. The attendees found the talk very insightful & interesting.

Annual Picnic – MSSI Pune

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The eagerly awaited Annual Picnic of Pune Chapter was held on 19 November 2022 at Memane Farm on the outskirts of Pune, after a lapse of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BNY Mellon Volunteers assisted all PwMS on arrival to the farm. Everybody enjoyed the three-course breakfast and played some rounds of Tambola. This was followed by an in-house magic show which immensely pleased the crowd. Post the magic show a sumptuous lunch was served. After lunch, everyone assembled to play a game called ‘Tol Mol Ke Bol’, where participants had to judge the approximate weight and prize of the grocery item shown by the anchor. The game was followed by music and dance. DJ music made the atmosphere very joyful and energetic. A PwMS with difficulty in normal movements also did a solo dance to the music and won a round of applause from the crowd. Several children of PwMS danced, jumped onto the stage and displayed their antics to the music. The group then broke to engage in the other attractions of Memane farm such as Mehendi, temporary tattoo, fortune telling, horse riding, bullock cart ride, etc. The crowd then reassembled and moved to the location of the ‘Hurda Party’, considered one of the good attractions. People were served with tender roasted ‘Jawar’ along with many other items such as fresh boiled corn on the cob, boiled tender green chickpeas, groundnuts, etc. The whole event was well supported by BNY Mellon volunteers and highly appreciated by MSSI. It was an enjoyable and successful day with fantastic feedback from PwMS.

 

 

Physiotherapy Camp

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The annual physiotherapy camp of the Pune Chapter was held on 16 October 2022 at Jayantrao and Indutai Tilak College of Physiotherapy, Gultekdi, Pune. BNY Mellon employees volunteered for the camp and assisted PwMS. About 100 people including PwMS, caregivers, volunteers and physiotherapy students attended the camp. Dr. Rasika, Professor of Physiotherapy at the college introduced Dr. Bhalerao, Neuro Physiotherapist and Asha Merchant, Hon. Secretary. Asha Merchant spoke briefly about the Pune highlighting the activities and services MSSI provides to persons with MS. Dr. Bhalerao talked about MS and cleared some myths. According to him, every problem has a solution and he totally changed the perspective of MS persons about MS. Prof. Rasika concluded the programme with a vote of thanks and presentation of a token gift to Dr. Bhalerao. After the talk, PwMS were helped by college students with various exercises performed with the help of therapy equipment. They emphasised the importance and benefits of physiotherapy and how important is its role in MS. Dr. Bhalerao made a surprise announcement to offer free physiotherapy treatment of any kind to all PwMS who are registered with MSSI Pune Chapter.