In an effort to raise awareness for three illnesses – myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia – Manoel Island was lit in blue and purple in an annual event organised internationally by NGOs.
The Light Up the Night 2021 initiative was the work of the Gżira council in collaboration with MIDI.
ME and fibromyalgia are two distinct chronic yet invisible disabilities, which affect about 0.2%-6% of Malta’s population. An estimated 75% to 85% of these are primarily women.
Gzira Local Council in collaboration with MIDI participated in the Light Up the Night 2021 initiative by lighting MIDIs…
Fibromyalgia is the second most common chronic condition affecting the bones, muscles, and soft tissues, causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, joints, and tendons. Roughly 4%–6% of the Maltese population suffer from it.
Meanwhile, ME is a multi-system disease that causes dysfunction of the neurological, immune, endocrine and energy metabolism systems, leaving its sufferers depleted and unable to function. Approximately 0.2%–0.4% suffer from it in Malta.
Unfortunately, not enough is known as of yet to properly diagnose and treat these diseases, which is why more awareness about them is crucial.