ALiSEP is an official Lebanese NGO founded in 2012 to help patients with multiple sclerosis. Working closely with the Faculty of Medicine at the Saint Joseph University and with the neurology department at Hotel-Dieu De France hospital, ALiSEP has also signed an agreement with ARSEP France (the French official association for multiple sclerosis).
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, with at least 2 to 3 times more women than men diagnosed with the disease.
MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide and 2800 persons in Lebanon. Since its beginnings, ALiSEP registered 1100 patients to whom it offers moral and financial support.
- Breaking the wall of silence and taboos surrounding the patients and the society, concerning Multiple sclerosis disease.
- Breaking loneliness by creating a chain of solidarity between the patients and with them.
- Providing moral support to patients and their families.
- Informing the patient about his rights and helping him to get them.
- Working alongside the state institutions for patients to receive adequate care.
- Encouraging research on this disease and related disease through agreements and partnerships with university medical centers especially with the Lebanese Observatory for MS (OLSEP), established at St. Joseph University (USJ), faculty of medicine.
- Organizing meetings with associations interested in patients in Lebanon or abroad, in order to share experiences and recent data.
- Organizing conferences with OLSEP neurologists concerning MS and related diseases, for the patients, their families and the general public. The main topics are the diagnosis of the disease and the treatments available in Lebanon and abroad.
- Payment of MS related medical tests including brain MRIs, blood tests and refund the medication charges not covered by social security
- Providing patients with wheel chairs, canes, special medical items, etc.
- Payment of 20 sessions of physiotherapy as agreed with the protocol signed with HDF hospital (Hotel Dieu de France).
- Payment of half a day hospitalisation