Maltese Pre-Symposium at SIP 2017 Symposium
SIP National, Malta
The 7th annual Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) symposium started in Valletta with an opening workshop in which the impact of pain on the Maltese society was discussed. In Europe, more than 100 million people are affected by chronic pain. Naturally, this is also an issue for Malta. Initiated by SIP Malta, Malta Health Network and the No Pain Foundation, participants outlined how various Maltese organizations, which are engaged in improving health care, collaborated to address the issue of chronic pain. The developed consensus paper for chronic pain asks national policy makers to adopt nine policy recommendations throughout Malta as part of a National Pain Plan by 2020. The fact that Pain has a great impact on our society is no secret. Statistics vary between countries, however there is general agreement that the effect on the person’s life, quality of life and economic situation is great.
The SIP 2017 Symposium, hosted in Malta under the Calendar of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council places a wake-up call to all concerned with individuals suffering from chronic pain in Malta, including civil society, professionals and policy makers, to take this unique opportunity to raise awareness for the need for timely action in this area.
The pre-symposium was organised by SIP Malta, Malta Health Network and the No Pain Foundation. It offered clinical views while sharing best practices in pain policy available internationally and locally. Within the same forum, the views of civil society and the impact that lobbying has had so far in addressing the situation in various ways were also discussed. In the presence of politicians and policy makers,this was an opportunity to discuss a consensus statement which addresses the societal impact of pain on Malta.
Find further Information on the Pre-Symposium of Societal Impact of Pain on Malta.