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Keynote speech - The future of pain on the political agenda in Europe

Alfred Sant – European Parliament, Belgium

MEP Alfred Sant provided a Keynote speech at the SIP 2019 Symposium in Brussels. 

Pain imposes a heavy burden on individuals’ private lives and leads to enormous costs for healthcare systems as well as for our societies and economies. From the patient’s aspect, pain is not always a temporary symptom of a disease. In fact, it could also become chronic with the need of specific treatment. Sadly, too few chronic pain patients receive treatment with devastating effects on their quality of life, and eventually on that of their families. Figures show that in Malta, one in five people are feeling pain. 

Based on the above, and on the work being done through the platform ‘Societal Impact of Pain’, I fully endorse and support the goals of this conference.

Alfred Sant studied physics and maths at the University of Malta, diplomacy at the Institut International d’Administration Publique (now amalgamated with the ENA) in Paris, and business administration at Boston and Harvard Universities. He worked as a diplomat at Malta’s Mission to the then EEC in Brussels (1970 – 1975), as executive deputy chairman of the Malta Development Corporation (now Malta Enterprise).

Watch the Video with Alfred Sant at SIP 2019.

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