In recognition of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ISPRM and its ISPRM UN Liaison Committee have organized a side event during the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP11) taking place from 12-14 June, 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The session ‘Chronic Pain: Sustainable Solutions’ will take place on 12 June from 8:15-9:30AM.
Chronic pain is a prevalent, costly, and disabling condition worldwide whose treatment requires sustainable solutions. Approximately 1/3 of the US population and 1/5 of the world population have chronic pain. In the US, at least 560-635 billion is spent annually for pain, more than the total cost for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer combined. This session highlights varied sustainable solutions for the treatment of chronic pain, including 1) recognition of the treatment of chronic pain as a fundamental human right 2) a conceptual framework for addressing chronic pain as a sustainable solution 3) virtual and adaptive reality technologies to reduce pain and improve function 4) sustainability in osteoarthritic pain management using existing resources 5) sustainable pain solutions for the pediatric pain population, and 6) inclusive entrepreneurship for persons with chronic pain to foster economic growth in society. Presentations will be followed by a discussion with emphasis on effective sustainable solutions to address chronic pain.
The event is co-organized by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC). Established in 1993, ICCC responds to the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly aging global population by identifying successful strategies and creative solutions and encouraging their replication and adaptation in both developing and developed countries. ICCC promotes the mainstreaming of ageing through global dialogues, technical support, international student design competitions, and winner’s fellowships among other activities.