Parkinson’s stakeholders all over the world will unite on 11 April 2017 to raise unprecedented amounts of awareness about the disease, using a dedicated campaign hashtag: #UniteForParkinsons.
Each year, Parkinson’s organisations and individuals across the world observe 11 April as World Parkinson’s Day. However, this year’s World Parkinson’s Day is a landmark anniversary. The date momentously marks 200 years since Parkinson’s was recognised as a health condition (following the publication of Dr James Parkinson’s Essay on the Shaking Palsy, whose birthday the day is marked on).
The #UniteforParkinsons campaign has been developed by two charities, the EPDA and Parkinson’s UK. Both organisations aim to position World Parkinson’s Day as a platform to grow an active global Parkinson’s community that can collectively advocate for change in the treatment and management of the condition.
The campaign is aimed at Parkinson’s stakeholders across the world, including:
- People affected by Parkinson’s
- local, national, regional and international Parkinson’s organisations
- charity supporters and foundations
- healthcare professionals
- members of the research community
- policymakers and decision makers (both national and EU)
- treatment industry companies.
Already supported by dozens of Parkinson’s organisations around the world, this campaign needs the support of as many countries, individuals and organisations as possible. By speaking together with one voice on 11 April, we will unite across the world to make it clear that 200 years without a cure is too long.
This campaign is calling for everyone to use the hashtag #UniteForParkinsons on 11 April – we want you to share your thoughts and experiences, as well as your hopes and plans for the future.
To find out more about how you can support the campaign – both online and offline – and access a number of campaign resources, visit www.worldparkinsonsday.com. Resources are available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
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