World Encephalitis Day
Can you spare a few minutes to help us spread the word about encephalitis?
Encephalitis devastates lives across the globe each year, leaving hundreds of thousands of survivors and family members coping with hidden disabilities and the loss of loved ones…yet no-one has ever heard of it until it strikes their family. World Encephalitis Day aims to change that.
I am looking for help with World Encephalitis Day on February 22nd. We have three key areas where you can help - our Illuminating Encephalitis project, #RED4WED and our Thunderclap social media campaign.
Could you spare a few minutes of your time to consider helping us to educate people across the globe about encephalitis?
Do you want to shine a light on encephalitis in the area where you live? Then this is the project for you! Help us light up landmarks and buildings in the colour RED. Find out more.
We are passionate about raising awareness of encephalitis... which is why we chose the colour of passion - RED - as our colour for World Encephalitis Day. We will be wearing red on February 22nd - will you?
A few clicks is all it takes to sign up to our Thunderclap social media campaign. By doing so, you can help us to reach MILLIONS of people on February 22 through Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
Snap are proud to support World Encephalitis Day, helping to raise awareness of this devastating condition.
Thank you, if you are also able to give your support.
Encephalitis affects more people annually than certain types of meningitis and motor neurone disease (or ALS in the U.S.A.) and yet remains less well known.
Those who survive are often left with an acquired brain injury, the consequence of which means a return to work or education can be difficult.
Encephalitis can affect abilities such as concentration, attention, thinking, memory, judgement and inhibition, while leaving a legacy of additional challenges such as epilepsy or fatigue.
Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive of The Encephalitis Society, said: “Imagine going to sleep one night and waking up the next day a completely different person - this is essentially what it can be like for survivors of encephalitis.
“The acquired brain injury brought about by encephalitis is very much a ‘hidden disability.’ A person you know may look exactly the same, but inside it can be a different matter. And it is not just the survivor who is affected, encephalitis and its consequences also has an impact on their families, friends, work colleagues or even school friends.
“Encephalitis has a widespread and long-lasting impact which is why our aim is to make as many people as possible aware of the condition and the devastation it can leave in its wake.”