Over the past number of months, member organisations of the European Federation of Neurological Associations [EFNA] have been profiled in EANpages.
Flick back through previous editions to meet those groups advocating at the European level in the fields of Dystonia, Ataxia, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy and Chronic Pain.
This will continue in the autumn editions when we meet:
– The European Headache Alliance
– The European Alliance for Restless Legs Syndrome
– ADHD Europe
– International Brain Tumour Alliance
However, this month, we take a look at a recent EFNA initiative which spanned all of its member groups – as they got ‘under the umbrella’ on July 22nd, in celebration of World Brain Day 2017…
Organisations and individuals were encouraged to take a photo under an umbrella and share it to social media to raise awareness – mentioning the neurological disease area they are either affected by or represent.
The aim was to highlight to wider society, the range of disorders of the brain – their impact and prevalence.
Hundreds of photos were shared social media from across the world throughout the day.
In addition to these images, this year EFNA also recorded a series of interview with patients/patient advocates from seven different disease areas.
You can watch these videos here: http://undertheumbrella.eu/category/your-stories/
Speaking on the day, EFNA President, Ann Little said: “By continuing to work together we can maximise the visibility of brain disorders as a whole and ensure we can access the resources required to tackle the enormous burden these diseases pose.”
EAN have been ongoing supporters of the campaign – participating in the launch event, taking and sharing photos, and granting EFNA a space in the exhibition centre at its recent Congress to promote the initiative.
“We would like to thank everyone who got involved on the day – but also throughout the course of the campaign,” says Ms Little, “And we hope to see more of you under your umbrellas in the months to come!”
If you are interested in learning more about the campaign, then you can visit: www.undertheumbrella.eu or search for #undertheumbrella on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.