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Sunday, 23 January 2022

MS charity begins its 10th anniversary by welcoming new Chair of Board

Overcoming MS, the world’s leading multiple sclerosis healthy lifestyle charity, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. The year begins with welcoming Dowshan Humzah as Chair of the Board.

Dowshan Humzah is an independent board director and strategic advisor who has over twenty years of executive experience, during which he has delivered transformative business growth, digital change, and brand and product innovation.

In addition to his wide private sector experience, Dowshan has served several civil society and charity organisations. He is a previous Trustee of the MS Society, Chair of the UK Advisory Board for Board Apprentice Global; and serves on the Advisory Boards of Ramadan Tent Project and The Amos Bursary.

Linda Bloom, Founder, former Chair and newly elected President of Overcoming MS said:

“The charity has made an extraordinary difference to thousands of people worldwide over our first decade. For example, since 2018 our voluntary group network has expanded to 100 groups in 27 countries. Overcoming MS has also undergone many changes to improve its support services and influence the wider MS landscape. Having multiple sclerosis, myself and greatly benefiting from the Overcoming MS programme, it has been an honour to have led Overcoming MS’s growth and development. I am excited to welcome Dowshan to Overcoming MS, and I have no doubt that the charity will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

Overcoming MS focuses upon the growing scientific evidence that people can do daily practical things to help improve their MS, offering greater hope and optimism. Over its tenth anniversary, Overcoming MS plans to launch an advocacy campaign, unveil a new brand and pilot a new scalable support programme.

Dowshan Humzah said:

“I was drawn to Overcoming MS and its impact on providing greater hope and optimism to those affected by MS. Globally, overburdened healthcare systems are in crisis, especially with the ongoing pandemic, and people with MS need Overcoming MS now more than ever before. Alongside existing clinical good practice and recommended medication, lifestyle interventions, such as the Overcoming MS programme, are increasingly available in clinical practice for other serious auto-immune and lifestyle-driven conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s time the same happens for multiple sclerosis.

“I would like to pay tribute to Linda Bloom who founded Overcoming MS given her own lived experience, and for the passion and energy that she has put in over the last nine years into building and sharing the Overcoming MS magic to as many people with MS as possible – offering hope and optimism that they can live a full and healthy life. The impact she has had on both the organisation and more importantly on those with MS who have followed the programme has been enormous. We are delighted that she has agreed to become President of Overcoming MS.”

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