World Spinal Cord Injury Day: Raising Awareness in the Indian Subcontinent

September 5, 2023by RAVIRAJ GHORPADE0

World Spinal Cord Injury Day (WSCI Day) is observed on September 5th every year to raise
awareness of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and their impact on individuals, families, and
communities & provide support to those affected by them. The theme for WSCI Day 2023 is
“Access to Care: Moving Mountains” This theme highlights the need for improved access to
quality care for people with SCIs, especially in low- and middle-income countries like those
in the Indian subcontinent.

In the context of the Indian Subcontinent, where the prevalence of spinal cord injuries is a
significant concern, this day holds even greater importance. According to the World Health
Organization, there are an estimated 50 million people living with SCIs worldwide. Of these,
80% live in low- and middle-income countries. In the Indian subcontinent, the prevalence of
SCI is estimated to be 1.5 to 2 per 100,000 people.

SCIs can have a devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities. People with
SCIs may experience a range of physical, psychological, and social challenges. They may
need lifelong care and support, which can be a financial burden for families. SCIs can also
lead to social isolation and discrimination.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high burden of SCI in the Indian
subcontinent. These include:

  • High rates of road traffic accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Violence
  • Neglect of basic safety measures
  • Lack of access to quality healthcare

By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of people with SCIs in the Indian
subcontinent.In addition to the above, here are some specific ways to raise awareness of SCIs
in the Indian subcontinent:

  • Organize events and awareness campaigns in schools, colleges, and communities.
  • Share information about SCIs on social media and other platforms.
  • Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about SCIs.
  • Support organizations that are working to improve the lives of people with SCIs.

By raising awareness of SCIs, we can help to break down the barriers that people with SCIs
face and create a more inclusive society for all. World Spinal Cord Injury Day also aims to
address the stigma and discrimination faced by individuals with spinal cord injuries. Society
often underestimates the abilities and potential of these individuals, leading to limited
opportunities for education, employment, and social participation. By raising awareness and
challenging stereotypes, we can create a more inclusive society that values the contributions
of people with spinal cord injuries.

In conclusion, World Spinal Cord Injury Day on September 5th brings attention to the
challenges faced by individuals with spinal cord injuries in the Indian Subcontinent. It serves
as a reminder to take action and create a more inclusive society that supports the rights and
well-being of people with spinal cord injuries. By promoting awareness, accessibility, and
research, we can strive towards a future where spinal cord injuries no longer limit individuals
from leading fulfilling lives.

Consultant Brain and spine surgeon
Lake view Hospital

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