WHAT IS ENCEPHALITIS?
Here are five facts about this often devastating neurological condition:
- Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain.
- It is caused by an infection or through the immune system attacking the brain.
- Anyone can be affected by encephalitis – no matter their age, gender or ethnicity.
- It has a high death rate and survivors are often left with an acquired brain injury and life-changing consequences.
- It is more common in many countries than motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, bacterial meningitis and cerebral palsy.
WHY TAKE PART IN BRAINWALK?
By taking part in BrainWalk you are not only improving your own health and wellbeing, but you are also helping to save lives.
One person is diagnosed with encephalitis every minute across the world, and life for them and their loved ones will never be the same again.
By raising vital funds for the Encephalitis Society, you are helping us to accelerate understanding and awareness of encephalitis and ensuring that those affected by this serious neurological condition get the crucial help and support they need, both today and in the future.
When Clair woke up in hospital after falling ill with encephalitis, she had no idea that the people by her bedside were her parents. Four years on, and Clair still has short-term memory loss and relies on a diary to plan every task throughout the week. Her dad, Mark, tells her story.
HOW WILL YOUR FUNDRAISING HELP?
The Encephalitis Society works with health professionals, scientists and organisations, such as the World Health Organization, on ground-breaking research into encephalitis.
This includes funding researchers in low-to-middle income countries, organising the only encephalitis-focused conference in the world, and ensuring healthcare professionals have access to the latest information on the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with encephalitis.
This year over 500,000 people worldwide will be diagnosed with encephalitis - that is one person every minute!
The Encephalitis Society provides support to people affected and their families and works with health professionals to develop easy-to-understand resources that can help rehabilitation and recovery.
We are here for anyone who needs emotional or practical help, whether it is through our helpline, mutual support groups or member events.
By being part of BrainWalk, you are helping us to raise awareness of encephalitis in the run-up to World Encephalitis Day on 22nd February.
This is important because 8 out of 10 people do not know what encephalitis is.
The Encephalitis Society also runs other campaigns to raise awareness of encephalitis. People affected by the condition are at the centre of every campaign we run and share their stories in newspapers, on radio, on television and on social media. Telling their story is therapeutically beneficial for the individual, increases awareness among the wider community, and is a powerful way to let others affected by encephalitis know they aren’t alone.