Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) was aware that surveys were being conducted to find out how COVID-19 is affecting specific target groups. PAE has run a survey to find out how the pandemic affects chronic pain patients across Europe.
The study is funded by the European Commission and the first results will be used as input for a meeting of Ministries of Health in the EU in July 2020 under the current German EU Presidency, and addressing the future governance for primary and secondary use of health data, also in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Our country was relatively proactive in the containment measures it took, which meant that there was not a drastic and calamitous increase in the number of people infected and, necessarily, in the number of deaths caused by the virus.
During an extraordinary virtual meeting held on 2 April 2020, EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) gave recommendations on how the investigational antiviral medicine remdesivir should be used for treating coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in compassionate use programmes in the European Union.
WHO Europe launches an on-line consultation on
the update of the WHO Comprehensive (Global) Mental Health Action Plan – GMHAP
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In a marathon debate of the European Council on 20-21 February, where the heads of state and government European Member States meet, representatives failed to agree on the EU budget for 2021-2027. This budget includes Horizon Europe, the next funding programme for research and innovation. Long term budget negotiations are known to be difficult, but this time around the departure of the UK, a major budget contributor, intensified the discussions. It is likely that more European summits will be needed to come to conclusion on this topic.
The BioMed Alliance started 2020 well, with a new President, President-Elect and a new Board Member. We look forward to working with them on the many interesting activities that we are planning this year.
In November 2019, CoCoCare consortium came together for the transnational meeting to discuss the progress of the first pilot of the course and start preparing for the second pilot. Colleagues from the European Academy of Neurology also joined the consortium to share their perspective. It was a busy but also a very productive day!
This year SIP celebrated ten years since establishment and on November 7th symposium “Bringing Pain Policy to the Next Decade” was organised in Brussels. More than 200 delegates from 24 countries participate on-site and many more followed symposium online.