Global Day Against Pain
IASP® Global Year Against Pain
Raising Awareness - Improving Treatment - Growing Support
IASP promotes the Global Day and Global Year Against Pain to raise awareness of pain worldwide. The Global Day launches the Global Year, which is a year-long event held to raise awareness of the different aspects of pain.
Why focus on Pain?
Pain, particularly chronic pain, is a major factor impacting quality of life worldwide, and will continue to become more so as the average lifespan increases. In particular, in developing countries there are several serious diseases that can cause severe pain of which there is often little or no pain relief available.
The control of pain has been a relatively neglected area of governmental concern in the past, despite the fact that cost-effective methods of pain control are available.
IASP believes it is time to raise the profile of pain and promote the recognition of chronic pain as an important health concern. Although few people die of pain, many people die in pain and even more live in pain.
The Global Year Against Pain
The Global Day Against Pain was initially launched by the European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC) when David Niv, IASP member & EFIC president (now deceased) conceived the idea in 2001.
Following the success of this initiative, the IASP council acknowledged the need to develop a powerful statement raising the profile of pain worldwide. The first Global Year Against Pain was launched in 2004 led by IASP and internationally supported by various IASP chapters and federations holding their own local events and activities.