The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) was established in 1967 as an international body linking the activities of National MS societies around the world. The Federation seeks to work in worldwide partnership with Member Societies and the international scientific community to eliminate multiple sclerosis and its consequences, and to speak out globally on behalf of those affected by multiple sclerosis.
MSIF works to achieve its goal through the following key priorities:
Since its establishment in 1967, MSIF has grown to link the work of 43 member MS societies worldwide. MSIF is in touch with many other emerging societies, and aims to support all MS societies in their development. MSIF has a budget of around £1 million per year, with most funding coming from member societies and charitable foundations. Around a quarter of its income comes from the health care industry.
In cooperation with the World Health Organization, MSIF has published the most extensive source of global data about the epidemiology of MS, the Atlas of MS. MSIF supports the International Pediatric MS Study Group (IPMSSG) - a group of medical professionals from all continents working to improve the treatment of children with MS, and to undertake international research into childhood MS.
Since May 2009, MSIF has organized a World Multiple Sclerosis Day, which is now supported by MS organizations and individuals in around 100 countries. The purpose of the day is to "raise awareness of MS as a global issue and raise funds to support the work of the global MS movement, including MS research."
World MS Day is officially marked on 30 May every year, though events and campaigns take place throughout the month of May.