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The XIV Atlantic Islands Pain Forum took place on 4-6 April in Funchal, Madeira. The event featured workshops, debates, symposia, panel sessions and practical courses that discussed "state of the art" in the treatment of pain from a multidisciplinary perspective. It attracted some 300 participants.

SIP Europe and SIP Portugal featured in Madeira

The XIV Atlantic Islands Pain Forum took place on 4-6 April in Funchal, Madeira. The event featured workshops, debates, symposia, panel sessions and p…

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The Belgian Pain Society and the international humanitarian medical NGO, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), organized a thematic symposium on “Pain in victims of conflicts, tortures and refugees” on February 21th in Brussels at the MSF premises.
A multidisciplinary panel of experts, including Julia Downing, Patrice Forget, Pierre-Michel François, Judith Kendell, Eric Weerts and Amanda Williams, discussed the challenges and opportunities related to this complex issue.
Various topics were discussed in the format of a roundtable including pain management in conflict areas and pain and mental health in tortured refugees, as well as their unmet needs. Patrice Forget, president of the Belgian Pain Society, acted as moderator of the event.
What’s to come? The Belgian Pain Society and Doctors Without Borders aim to take stock of the outcomes of the discussion and tackling the issue of pain in victims of conflicts, tortures and refugees with a position paper to be launched by the end of the year.
Pain in victims of torture is also one of the topics within this year’s focus of the Global and European Year against pain, which focuses on the most vulnerable in 2019. Below you can find the link to the relevant Global and European year factsheets:
- Chronic Pain as a Consequence of Torture: Assessment
- Chronic Pain as a Consequence of Torture: Management
The annual meeting of the Belgian Pain Society (BPS), taking place on May 18 in Brussels, will also contribute to carry on the scientific debate on the topic of the 2019 Year Against Pain, as the BPS annual meeting will be focused on "Pain in vulnerable populations".
For more information on the European and Global Year Against Pain in the most vulnerable please visit the  EYAP page and GYAP page

Meeting on pain in victims of conflicts, tortures and refugees

The Belgian Pain Society and the international humanitarian medical NGO, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), organized a thematic symposium on “Pain in vic…

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The Proceedings booklet from the conference last year is now available! 

The Impact of Pain on Maltese citizens

The Proceedings booklet from the conference last year is now available! 

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On 29th March the Finnish Pain Association, the Finnish Musculoskeletal Association and the Finnish Study of Pain organised a debate with the candidates of the upcoming election for the Finnish Parliament.The Meeting was organised at the Little Parliament and hosted by MFP Sari Sarkomaa. Special guest MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen opened the Event.
Six candidates from different parties attended  event where following topics were discussed in a spirit of how to bring pain on the political agenda in the months of the National and European elections and afterwards. 

relevance of ICD11 for pain
rehabilitation of pain patients
petitions for pain treatment and education
need of legislation and decisions for part-time workers suffering from chronic pain

The panel discussions were streamed live on the Facebook page of the association. 
 

 
 

Meeting of the Finnish Pain Association with politicians

On 29th March the Finnish Pain Association, the Finnish Musculoskeletal Association and the Finnish Study of Pain organised a debate with t…

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On 8 March, a law to strengthen the management of pediatric cancers through research, support for family carers, training of professionals and the right to be forgotten was introduced in France.
What does the law cover?
The law proposes a global strategy to improve the management of pediatric cancers. The National Cancer Institute (INCA) has been given a leading role and is responsible for rolling out a 10-year strategy.
Why is the new law important to SIP?
The new law is particularly important as Article 6 focuses on pain management. The article states that the Government will submit a report to Parliament on pain management by pediatric oncology centers. 
The report, which must be published no later than twelve months after the law is implemented (i.e. March 2020), will focus current practices for the screening and treatment of children's pain, as part of the overall care they receive. 
Additionally, the report will look into the training and education on pain made available for healthcare professionals working in pediatric oncology and treatment centers dedicated to pain in France. 
It will also examine what level of access children and adolescents with cancer have to appropriate medicines and treatments. 
Finally, the report will focus on the possibility of setting up a fourth "pain plan".
France has long been a pioneer in improving pain management. Its government notably created several successive plans to manage pain between 1998 and 2010.
After many years, this law could be an opportunity to improve the management of acute and chronic pain.
More articles about cancer pain:
First guide in Spain for the interdisciplinary approach to cancer pain 
SIP 2016, WG3: Recommendations on 'The relevance of pain in cancer care and rehabilitation
SIP 2017: The role of pain in future cancer policy?

Pain management in children with cancer is now a priority in…

On 8 March, a law to strengthen the management of pediatric cancers through research, support for family carers, training of professionals and the rig…

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