Who We Are
Multiple Sclerosis South Africa with its headquarters in Gauteng, has been providing quality support services to people with MS for a number of years around South Africa. Head office is based in Johannesburg with a feeder branch in Cape Town which services the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape provinces. The remaining provinces of Limpopo, Northwest, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal are supported from Johannesburg.
Our aim is to assist PwMS to live and cope positively and to ensure they have as good a quality life as possible. Our mission is to serve the MS Community with the aim of empowering and improving the quality of life of PwMS and those who care for them. Our Services include Counselling, family interventions, support groups, home visits, a Helpline, wellness talks, events, awareness and advocacy, press releases and more.
We have a number of exciting projects which offer PwMS an improved quality of life. One of these is the Indigent Care Programme which supports 19 indigents. We are actively growing this number and hope to be able to support an additional 12 over the next 2 years. The number of support groups that has been established has increased this year to 7 and will soon be further boosted by the addition of a further 2 groups. A Facebook support group is available (Multiple Sclerosis SA - Inland), and we also run a My MS Heroes campaign (), which is aimed at creating awareness about MS. Through this campaign, we inspire other people living with MS to overcome challenges they may have. The campaign also gives PwMS a platform to express themselves, share their challenges and successes and to learn from each other.
These stories are not only inspirational but they break the stereotypes and myths about MS. It was once thought that MS affected a small elite group of people. Today, with more people being diagnosed, it is becoming apparent that it affects far more people than was originally thought, and that people suffering from MS can be found across all races and ages, as well as geographical areas.
We also have other support platforms such as our website, Twitter and FaceBook. Through these platforms we aim to help people with MS to “Believe you Can”. We share positive motivational messages to help PwMS overcome challenges and to learn coping strategies from other people living with MS.
We are looking to the future, and would like to better improve the service to the MS Community, researching the needs of PwMS and their loved ones. In the past few years, we have focused on maintaining the standard of delivery but recognised that, in order for growth and development of the organisation, we need to invest in the programmes, expand current social outreach and look into researching needs and understanding the context of MS in South Africa.