As a Neurological Alliance member, The British Polio Fellowship is adding its voice to the Neurological Alliance and others calling for increased awareness of neurological conditions in the UK on the eve of Brain Awareness Week (12-18 March). Better understanding the brain is fundamental to understanding neurology and to help people better manage a range of devastating and little understood neurological conditions – such as Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
Greater priority must be given to all neurological conditions by the medical profession, to halt the increasing mortality rate and to improve care levels provided to patients. PPS is a case in point. For Brain Awareness Week, I call for urgent funding to examine the role of the brain in the effective self-management of PPS, affecting not only some 120,000 in the UK – but around 40,000,000 worldwide.
We have been calling for better care pathways for PPS for many years now, but it seems like we need these for all neurological conditions; 350 different neurological conditions affect more than 12 million people in this country, and deaths from these conditions have increased by 39 percent.
Anyone concerned about PPS who needs our help can contact The British Polio Fellowship, by visiting www.britishpolio.org.uk or call us on 0800 043 1935.
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship