European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA) Conference 2018
Souzi Makri – ENFA
The European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA) held a conference in Malta this year, coinciding with the International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on Saturday 12 May.
The main aim of the conference was to inform and empower the representatives of European Fibromyalgia associations, by giving them the opportunity to meet and discuss with international colleagues the current fibromyalgia landscape.
A parliamentary session took place on the previous day, where the President of ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia Alliance Malta, Ruth DeBono, and the President of ENFA, Souzi Makri, gave speeches about the state of fibromyalgia on a European level.
A conference session was formally opened by Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, where motivating lectures and speeches were given by professors, patient-organisations representatives and real patients, who all focused on the need to integrate people, suffering from fibromyalgia, into our society, work places and home environment.
All attendees confirmed the importance of providing a social model for people with invisible disabilities, shifting away from the medical model and the need to challenge the societal norms, which people with disabilities are still expected to conform.
You can read the full conference report, provided by ENFA, here.