My passion to address the often-needless suffering of individuals in highly-vulnerable populations – children and babies; older adults; survivors of torture, organized violence, and war; and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – has inspired me to dedicate 12 months of my IASP presidency to the 2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable.
Within this important field I do not believe the many problems are unsolvable. My hope is that, although many patient groups have diverse experiences with pain and effective treatments, IASP’s work during the Global Year will support more research, education, and emphasis on pain treatment to aid the most vulnerable populations.
The Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable is an opportunity for us all to be part of an inclusive, profession-wide campaign to transform the quality of millions of lives. Start by visiting the Global Year website and add your voice to the conversation via social media using the hashtag #GYPainVulnerable.
We have reached out to all our chapters with promotional material to help them engage in the campaign and we look forward to hearing about all the Global Year activities taking place around the world. Please inform the IASP office of any activities so we can help promote them.
The Global Year initiative is also a platform for influencing politicians and decision makers and to highlight the many unmet needs in pain management.
I look forward to experiencing many activities by engaged IASP volunteers throughout the year as we strive to transform the lives of millions of individuals and families whose voices may otherwise never be heard.
During my presidency I have the vision also to include patient and patient organizations more widely in our campaigns and hope we will see this happening during this Global Year.
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD