Two people drinking coffee outside in the sunshine

Thessaloniki, Greece, 10/2011. (Left) Lefteris Dimitros and (Right) Vasiliki Garopoulou enjoying a coffee at the Aristotle Universtiy A.U.Th campus. Vasiliki comes here almost every Sunday. Credit: Maximiliano Braun. Published on this website by kind permission of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform.

To enhance the lives of people with MS and their families (often the principal caregivers), the MS International Federation published this report on the principles underlying improvements to quality of life.

The principles were designed to guide the development and evaluation of services and programmes that are provided by governments, health and service providers, employers and other organisations for people with MS. They are also designed for MS organisations and individuals with MS and their families to use to advocate for improvements to services. As relevant today as they were when published in 2006, the principles underpin many of our members’ activities. The principles are:

The MS International Federation also published a guide to the principles: Using the quality of life principles: a programme planning workbook for MS Societies.

Woman in wheelchair in hospital corridor in China

"It doesn’t matter that I am in a wheelchair. Life goes on. I have just changed the way I get around." Wu Yanxiao, 28, from Beijing, has had MS for 8 years. Reproduced with the kind permission of Li YouHao,© 2014 Li

Woman with MS in Belarus watches TV on her own

Minsk, Belarus, 10/2011. Svietlana Haurylenka (45) is one of an estimated 430 people with MS from Minsk who rarely leave their apartments. Most spend many hours every day watching TV. Very few have personal computers and so little opportunity to interact online or to access information about their condition. Credit: Walter Astrada. Published on this website by kind permission of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform.

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