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International Day of People with Disabilities: 3 December

In 1992, the United Nations introduced this International Day of celebration for people living with disabilities to be held on 3 December each year. The theme for this year is “Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era”. The theme recognises that whilst COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way, it has had a particularly significant impact on disabled people. People who live with disabilities are among the most affected populations amid the COVID pandemic. Their access to regular and vital healthcare has been reduced and many disabled people have been suffered from social isolation, with inadequately constructed mental health services.

To find out more about how COVID-19 affects individuals with chronic pain, EFIC has created the COVID-19 task force. Its main goal is to  distribute and share relevant news in an objective manner and provide a neutral overview on current research.

In Europe alone, almost one in five individuals or 20% of the adult population report having moderate or severe chronic pain. Chronic pain has been linked to numerous physical and mental conditions and contributes to high health care costs, early retirement, and productivity loss. The European Pain Federation leads The Societal Impact of Pain (SIP), a multi-stakeholder platform to raise awareness of pain and change policies.

If you are an individual health professional or researcher with an interest in pain, the European Pain Federation invites you to the European Pain Federation Academy. Health professionals and researchers will benefit from a wide variety of professional development benefits, primarily around the subject of pain education. Visit here to become an EFIC Academy Member today!

To access the International Day of People with Disabilities resources, please visit their website here.