Category Archives: Politics

Letter to NIH: End the Insult

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A person with ME for more than 38 years wrote this pointed letter to the National Institute of Health, calling its leaders to act with urgency and correct their gross neglect of people suffering with ME ...

Epic Measures: How One Man Changed the World (and Possibly ME/CFS and FM As Well)

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) have a long, long way to go before they get the attention and resources they deserve. It would take a heroic leap to quickly achieve what people with these diseases deserve and what the diseases themselves - given their economic costs / burdens ...

US: Read Lily Chu’s CFSAC Testimony

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Thank you for this opportunity to address the CFS Advisory Committee. I am writing to in response to the call for comments regarding how the US government might engage members of the ME/CFS community, especially patients and their lay supporters, in addressing and solving the clinical, research, educational, and public ...

ME/CFS Advocacy Down Under in 2016

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2016 was a big year for ME/CFS advocacy. As we turn over the page to the fresh new year, the #MEAction Network Australia group reflects on some of the highlights of its advocacy efforts in 2016 ...

Send TGIF Letters to Francis Collins

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Friday Letters to Francis Collins ...

Update: the ongoing work of #MillionsMissing

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  Momentum continues from the #MillionsMissing campaign that was born last May. Activists took to the streets worldwide in 11 cities in May -  and in 25 cities in September - to protest their government's neglect of people with ME. While the posters are now stored away, activism has continued behind ...

#MillionsMissing Holland gets the ear of the Minister of Health

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#MillionsMissing Holland has made its voice heard in the House of Representatives.   House of Representatives member Linda Voortman has filed questions about ME based on the protest demands with Holland’s Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers. In the letter, Voortman asks the minister of health if she is ...

21st Century Cures Act Passes House with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

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21st Century Cures Act Passes House with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support ME/CFS advocates have been eagerly awaiting passage of the 21st Century Cures Act since it was initially introduced in 2013, given it was originally written to increase NIH funding and fast-track research and treatment development. On Wednesday, November 30, a ...

#MEAction US protest demands

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These demands were originally issued for the May 25, 2016 MillionsMissing demonstrations. Minor revisions were made to the demands in November 2016 to reflect community input on the definition, the primer, the name, and the need for improvements in clinical care.   You can access and download a pdf of the ...

Director Collins responds to 55 Congressional Representatives’ Letter of Concern

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Recently, #MEAction in conjunction with other advocacy organizations and many individual advocates have also successfully lobbied Congressional members to achieve: Favorable language to ME in the FY 2016 House appropriations report; Congressional tweets of support for the #MillionsMissing Day of Action on Sept. 27, 2016, which called attention to the millions ...
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