Spinal Cord Injuries Day

"International Days" are celebrated to mark important aspects of human life and history. On the suggestion of its Prevention Committee, International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has decided to observe ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ on 5th September every year with the intention of increasing awareness amongst the general public. It is presumed that the awareness would facilitate an inclusive life for persons with disability and ensure greater chances of success of prevention programs.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) and the resultant paralysis has devastating physical, mental, social, sexual and vocational consequences for the injured. In addition, the injury increases the economic burden on the person who sustains an SCI and potentially his or her entire support network. As per the statistics from USA, depending on the severity, SCI can cost an injured individual USD 334,000 to 1 million in the first year after injury. Costs in each subsequent year range from USD 41,000 to 178,000. And it isn’t always bad luck that causes spinal cord injuries.

Message from President, ISCoS & ISCoS SCI Day Committee Chair

Getting a spinal cord injury (SCI) is the most devastating event in a person’s life.
Because the central organisation of many body functions gets disturbed and coordination between functions becomes difficult or impossible, the individual with SCI has to cope with many severe challenges. The World Health Organisation (WHO) together with the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has joined forces to increase awareness amongst health authorities and the general population.

Prevention AVs

These AVs have been developed by the Prevention Committee of ISCoS. Please feel free to use them for any awareness activities. For a copy please send a request on [email protected]