Relieving pain for Chronic Pain patients Project Report
Malta Health Network have released the follow press release:
"In October 2016, The Malta Health Network launched the Maltese version of the Pain toolkit – Għodda għall-Kontroll tal-Uġigħ at Hilltop Gardens in Naxxar. This is one of the activities in the project funded by SIS funds managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. The other 2 parts of the project involve having the Għodda għall-Kontroll tal-Uġigħ on the MHN website which is still works in progress and having training workshops, which were held over 3 half-days and for which around 40 patients and more than 30 professionals received training in pain-self managment.
The training was given by Pete Moore thanks to the support received from SIP.
Pain can be part and parcel of the daily life of many patients was the main reason why MHN decided to look at issues of giving pain patients a better life. Pain cuts across many conditions and thus looking at pain means helping a wide number of patients.
For this event we were pleased to have with us the Minister for Health Hon Chris Fearne and the Shadow Minister for Health Hon Claudette Buttigieg. The Audience was also addressed via a video message by the Minister for Social Dialogue, Hon Helena Dalli and a very strong message also by MEP Roberta Metsola. Chronic pain leads to other difficulties such as mental health problems and emotional difficulties. Pain can effect the patient’s employability situation and decrease in socialisation and poor quality of life. As MHN we grew more aware of this since our collaboration with SIP Europe (Societal Impact of Pain). As MHN together with No Pain Foundation are pleased to host the Societal Impact of Pain 2017 Symposium in Malta within the Calendar of events of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU in agreement with the Ministry of Health.
During the launch of the Pain toolkit Gudula Petersen, on behalf of SIP presented the Minister Fearne a copy of the SIP 2016 Symposium Proceedings and invited him officially for the SIP 2017 Symposium. He indicated that he accepted this invitation.
Thanks to Pete Moore for giving us permission for translation and for giving the workshops. Thanks also to Dr Marilyn Casha and Ms Rose Curmi for their time and work on a voluntary basis for translation and Dr Roberta Metsola and Hon Claudette Buttigieg and their staff for helping in proofreading the L-Għodda għall-kontroll tal-Uġigħ. Many thanks to other volunteers who assist MHN with it’s work, MHN members for believing and supporting MHN and to all at Hilltop Gardens for hosting the event and their great support to make the workshops and launch a success. Thanks and a word of encouragement goes to all Chronic Pain patients as we wish them a better life and promise to be there for them."