Being of Polish descent, it was great to read this portion of the Fly for MS trip and especially being able to write about it. Wish I could do more, but have no contacts that I can think of that would be able to assist in making changes or a difference. Just have to hope this article will bring some attention and maybe spread the word until someone sees it that can help make a difference in Poland.
Following their successful visit to Romania, the Fly for MS crew flew on to Poland on September 22nd, landing at Babice Airport near the Polish capital city of Warsaw. According to the Polish Multiple Sclerosis Association, there are at least 50,000 people, and possibly more than 60,000 people, with Multiple Sclerosis in Poland. Of those, only 6,000 are members of the Polish MS Association. The association consists of 10 employees with around 200 volunteers assisting.
The state of MS treatment in Poland is very poor with MS patients facing many roadblocks and regulations limiting care. According to the Polish MS Association, care is focused only on patients between the ages of 16 and 40, leaving those younger or older with little to no care for their MS symptoms. Even those within the approved age group are limited to have their treatment costs covered for only 36 months, leaving most without the ability to afford treatment beyond the 3 year period.
For more on the Fly for MS visit to Poland, I have more at my examiner.com column here.