Launch of SIP Malta in July 2016!
SIP National, Malta
On the 29th of July 2016 was held the kick-off meeting for SIP Malta with the main goal to establish a platform whereby the societal impact of pain is discussed, championed at all levels of Maltese society and activities around this topic to be organised through collaboration between stakeholders interested in this important issue.
The objectives of SIP Malta, following those of SIP-EU include:
- Raising awareness of the relevance of the impact that pain has on the individual, the health and economic systems and on the whole of society
- Providing opportunities for discussion between health care professionals, pain advocacy groups, patient groups, politicians, insurances, representatives of health authorities, regulators and budget holders
- Exchanging information and sharing best practices between stakeholders and across all member states of the EU
- Developing and fostering national and European wide policy strategies and activities for improved pain care
Approximately 20 percent of Europe’s adult population, more than 80 million people, suffers from chronic pain, meaning pain which occurs repeatedly over a period of three months or longer. Some 9 percent of Europeans experience pain every day. Chronic pain accounts for 500 million sick days a year and is the most frequent cause of early retirement and incapacity for work. The total direct and indirect costs of chronic pain amount to an estimated 1.5 to 3 percent of total European GDP.
Find additional information on the Pre-Symposium - The Societal Impact of Pain in Malta.