MS organisations and the MS movement
The MS International Federation (MSIF) is the only global network of MS organisations. We all share a belief that the challenges in MS are worldwide, and the solutions must be too. We can be more effective and efficient by sharing our experiences and speaking with one voice.
Through international collaboration and coordination, our vision of a world without MS will move towards becoming a reality. Better and more accessible treatments and an improved quality of life for people affected by MS is a responsibility we all share.
MSIF currently has 32 full members, 13 associate members and 3 supporting organisations.
Full and associate members
Each member represents a different country. Members can participate in and influence the development of global projects and programmes, and contribute to the policies and priorities of MSIF. Through attending MSIF’s meetings and skill-sharing workshops, members’ staff and volunteers can share their successes, learn new skills and take away best practice to implement or adapt in their MS organisation.
Full member organisations can vote at MSIF’s council meetings, which are held every two years. During these meetings, members vote to approve our strategy and they elect our board of trustees.
Associate members are often newer, less-established organisations, many of which are working in countries where there is limited support, affordable treatment or services available for people affected by MS. Associate members enjoy the same benefits as full members, except they do not have the right to vote at MSIF’s council meetings.
In countries where MSIF already has a member organisation, other MS organisations can become supporting organisations. There is no limit to the number of supporting organisations per country. Supporting organisations must show that they are open to communicating and networking with the member organisation in their country for the benefit of people affected by MS.
Full members, associate members and supporting organisations are all required to make a contribution to MSIF’s annual budget. The amount is related to the income of each organisation.
New and emerging organisations and groups
MSIF encourages smaller, more informal support groups or newer organisations to get in touch. We will help them in any we can to become more sustainable and effective by sharing resources, offering advice and linking them up with more established member organisations to share best practice. In countries without a member organisation, such organisations could also act as our points of contact for people with and affected by MS living,working in or visiting the country.
If your MS organisation is not currently part of our network and you are interested in joining us, please contact us to find out more.