Thanks to the hard work of our advocacy community, Solve ME/CFS Advocacy Day 2020 was a wild success!
In 2020, ME/CFS Advocacy Week went digital with entirely remote events and actions that advocates joined from the comfort of their homes.
Across the country you called for ME/CFS research funding, supporting a fast-moving $60 million request! Nearly 360 registered advocates took part in 251 meetings, reaching 47% of Congress in a single day. Over 885 emails and nearly 1,200 phone calls supported our mighty volunteer congressional meetings teams. All of this while responding to a pandemic by shifting to a virtual event (with just four weeks to make the change).
ME/CFS epidemics have historically followed viral outbreaks and the majority of people with ME/CFS were triggered by a viral infection. In light of COVID-19, the field of ME/CFS research is needed now more than ever to find answers and improve the lives of millions.
Solve M.E. called for immediate response measures for ME/CFS in the next COVID-19 response package. We recommended $60 million to be authorized for NIH post-viral neuro-immune research, specifically focusing on ME/CFS and COVID-19.
For more information about 2020 Advocacy Week, visit http://lobby20.solvecfs.org/.