Launched 10 years ago, the World Encephalitis Day is celebrated every 22nd of February to create a global awareness for the millions of lives affected by encephalitis, save lives and build a better future for those affected. Over 295 million people have been reached through social media, events and media features in this last decade.
There are three major ways to get involved and join in the World Encephalitis Day global awareness.
- Go #Red4WED
- Light Up A Landmark
One way you can be a part of World Encephalitis Day is to put on something red and then share pictures on your social media account. As a supporter, you can have anything at all with a red colour- red shoes, red hats, red umbrella or the official World Encephalitis Day red t-shirts.
Use the hashtag #Red4WED on Twitter and Instagram when sharing your pictures. Add a message telling people the reason for putting on red as you share your images on your social media accounts. Other hashtags you can add are #WorldEncephalitisDay and #Encephalitis. You can equally add the official Encephalitis society website www.worldencephalitisday.org.
The Encephalitis society will also share pictures of supporters with the #Red4WED on their different social media accounts.
The BrainWalk is another way to support the movement. It is a fundraising challenge to walk, run or jog as many steps as you can within the month of February.
You may aim at walking 10,000 steps a day, 400,000 steps in the month of February or you may set another target of your choice as you are able. Whatever your fitness levels and in whatever part of the world you live, you can take part in this challenge. The challenge can be taken alone or with a group of friends or family.
Light up a Landmark
Lighting up a landmark is equally another way to show support for World Encephalitis Day. The aim here is to light up as many global landmarks as possible in red. Currently, there are 228 landmarks and buildings across 27 countries which have consented to go red in commemoration of the World Encephalitis Day 2023.
These landmarks include Niagara Falls, the Jet d’Eau in Geneva, Switzerland, Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic, the Liver Building in Liverpool, England and other hospitals and health clinics in the USA, Cambodia, and the UK.
You can help by reaching out to the management of any notable landmark within your vicinity that can light up in a different colour and ask for their support
What is Encephalitis?
Encephalitis is also known as brain inflammation. There are different reasons why this may occur. It could be infections (fungal, bacterial or viral), autoimmune disorders as well as other health conditions.
Symptoms of Encephalitis
The following can indicate an encephalitis condition;
- Coma or even death in some very serious cases.
To diagnose the condition, a combination of neurological tests, physical examination and scans are carried out including MRI or CT scan. The cause of the condition determines how it will be treated. For instance, if the cause is of bacterial origin, antibacterial medications can be administered. Steroids are also given to reduce inflammation. Other forms of care may also be needed to manage the symptoms and minimise complications.
Being a very serious medical condition, it requires urgent and accurate medical attention. Encephalitis misdiagnosis can occur when there is an incorrect diagnosis, negligent delay in making the right diagnosis or a completely missed diagnosis. When such errors occur, the patient’s chances of making a full recovery is reduced. Sometimes, it can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.
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