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On 11 April 2017 and 2018, the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) teamed up with Parkinson’s UK and other international partners to launch #UniteForParkinsons – a global campaign that aimed to show the world what Parkinson’s truly is.

We were blown away by the results:

  • In 2017, 9,000 people from 89 countries used the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag, creating 33,000 social media engagements.
  • In 2018, the hashtag was used 17,000 times from 97 countries, our campaign video (see below) was seen 18,000 times, and we created a staggering 880,000 social media engagements.

It is with great sadness then that the EPDA has decided not to lead a global #UniteForParkinsons campaign in 2019. There are a number of important reasons for this, and if you want more information, please email worldpdday@epda.eu.com.

But fear not, we (the EPDA) plan to develop further global #UniteForParkinsons activities in future years! The EPDA had its six-year strategy plan agreed in November 2018, and building on the #UniteForParkinsons campaign’s previous successes forms part of that strategy.

In the meantime, you can help us keep #UniteForParkinsons alive and well! How? By using the hashtag in your own World Parkinson’s Day activities – now and forever! Many Parkinson’s organisations, individuals and stakeholders are already fully committed to keeping the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag going – by organising awareness campaigns of their own and using #UniteForParkinsons as a key part of their communication strategies.

And as part of our commitment to raising awareness of Parkinson’s, the EPDA has decided to promote two exciting Parkinson’s projects in 2019 that centre around World Parkinson’s Day – projects that we think are a perfect fit for the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag. You can read more about these projects below, and we hope you will join us in getting involved with them and promoting them yourselves – always using the #UniteForParkinsons hashtag, of course!


INSIGHT into Parkinson’s 2019

Now in its second year, the INSIGHT into Parkinson’s virtual summit is the largest global online event in Parkinson’s. From 11-13 April 2019, this online conference will bring experts, academics, specialists, clinicians and, of course, people living with Parkinson’s and their carers together, with presentations, information and lots more available to all ticket holders from the comfort of their own homes. The EPDA is one of the Affiliate Partners of the INSIGHT summit in 2019, and we believe #UniteForParkinsons is a perfect partner for the event too.

Visit the INSIGHT into Parkinson’s summit website to learn more about the online summit – and to take advantage of our early-bird discount ticket offer! You can also download a full presentation about the INSIGHT into Parkinson's Summit.

#UNITED for Parkinson’s campaign

#UNITED for Parkinson’s is a new and exciting awareness campaign, launched as a direct result of the #UniteForParkinsons campaign in late 2018 by a group of young-onset people with Parkinson’s from across Europe.

The #UNITED campaign aims to build on the #UniteForParkinsons success by uniting committed Parkinson’s supporters from around the world who want to change common misconceptions about Parkinson's and to highlight the problems that come with the misrepresentation of people with Parkinson's. The campaign involves Parkinson's charities, policymakers, researchers and healthcare providers.

Read more and support the #UNITED for Parkinson’s campaign at www.unitedforparkinsons.com.