Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness UK (BADA-UK) is registered as a charity in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The organisation was formed in 2004 by a group of people brought together by the effects of Borreliosis (Lyme disease) and other associated infections.
There are no salaries, company cars or perks of any kind for our membership. We're just dedicated, unpaid volunteers from different professional backgrounds who agreed to use their skills to try to help address the increasing problem of ticks and tick-borne disease in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
How we started
Tick-borne disease victims (whether they are human or animal) usually make a full recovery if the infection is diagnosed and treated early and adequately. However, in the case of many of our founding members, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, incorrect treatment, or total lack of treatment, resulted in them being ill for a number of years. For some, this led to permanent disability. Our experiences were the catalyst for wanting to prevent others from suffering similarly, and our commitment to the prevention of tick-borne disease.
We passionately believe that public and professional awareness is key to combating the rise in cases of tick-borne disease. We understand, perhaps better than most, the devastating effects that these diseases can have. Therefore we strive to help prevent others from falling victim to them. Since the introduction of our national Tick Bite Prevention Week (an annual campaign held in early spring when people get out and about more and ticks become more active), an increase in early diagnoses has been noted.
Public Health England
"There has been an increase in the number of early and asymptomatic cases, suggesting heightened professional and public awareness of both the risk of acquiring, and early symptoms of LB [Lyme borreliosis]".
Our charitable aims are:
- The advancement of education in the subject of Borreliosis and other diseases which are principally, but not exclusively, tick-borne.
- The promotion of research into the areas of such diseases described above, their symptoms, cures and prevention, and the dissemination of the useful results of research to the public.
- The preservation and protection of good health by education, research and other means as become available to us.
BADA-UK is funded by donations and by fundraising events and through sponsorship. We choose our sponsors very carefully, making sure they provide products or services of a high standard, Mosi-guard Natural™ is donating a percentage from all UK sales to the Charity.
All proceeds from our online shop and sales of products at events are invested in the running of the charity.
The funds we raise via these various avenues is applied to the promotion of our organisation, literature production, stand hire and travel expenses for our educational exhibits and presentations, and the organisation our national Tick Bite Prevention Week, amongst other projects.
We apply for grants for specific projects where appropriate but this has become increasingly difficult in the current economic climate. Donations to charities have also declined, with BADA-UK being no exception. Individual donors and fundraisers are crucial to the survival of our charity.
Endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
Tim Everett, Director of Policy, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) says, "The CIEH takes the issue of tick-borne disease in the United Kingdom very seriously. According to evidence presented to the World Health Organisation's project on Urban Pests, ticks are responsible for the transmission of more cases of human disease than any other arthropod vectors in North America and Europe. We therefore welcome the BADA-UK initiative to raise awareness of these issues."