The ME CFS Foundation South Africa South Africa NPO
Imagine being hit with a disabling illness which destroys your life. Working, exercising, socialising, playing with your children, traveling and many other activities are severely impaired. However, this illness does not yet have a cure or an easy diagnosis. This is the disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). Millions of people around the world are affected by this disabling illness; resulting in them disappearing from society and becoming part of the LIVING MISSING.
ME/CFS has the lowest health-related quality-of-life score when compared to:
- heart disease,
- chronic renal failure and
- multiple sclerosis
Interesting to note is that about 120 years ago people referred to Multiple Sclerosis as Faker’s disease! ME/CFS is still widely stigmatized and therefore we need to keep on raising awareness and educate the public, health care practitioners, medical students, etc.
The ME CFS Foundation South Africa NPO is the first organisation in South Africa representing the ME/CFS community. It aims to address the dire need of those suffering from this debilitating and devastating illness, and to put an end to the misconceptions surrounding the illness.
WITH YOUR HELP we can reach many more patients and really make a big difference in the quality of life of these patients. Your support will help us BRING BACK THE LIVING MISSING by making this illness visible. It will help us: BRING BACK THE LIVING MISSING BY ADDRESSING THEIR NEEDS, i.e. giving hope and access to: health care, companionship, financial assistance, medical treatment, special care facilities, basic living necessities, etc.
The prevalence of ME/CFS is nearing EPIDEMIC status; therefore we need help to address this CRISIS in our country. The work of the Foundation is crucial, hence there is only one option and that is to grow the foundation and its functions as much as possible!
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