Since 2003 - year of the EP resolution - EMSP (European Multiple Scleroris
Platform) has been pursuing an important advocacy work focused on health
inequalities in the European Union and beyond.
The launch of the "Code
of Good Practice" in 2007 has been a major milestone in the bid to raise
awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and its impact on people's lives. Nevertheless
MS remains under-diagnosed and sub-optimally treated in many European countries.
For building up further this awareness on national level, EMSP - together with
ZMSS, its Slovenian member - is organising a high-level roundtable for
discussion in Slovenia on May 7th.
Expected participants are
representatives of the European Commission (DG Sanco, DG Enterprise, DG
Employment), the European Parliament, the Slovenian Health Ministry, the agency
for medicines and products and medical devices of Slovenia, as well as medical
healthcare professionals, both from European and Slovenian bodies. As it takes
place during the EU Presidency of Slovenia we expect highest interest of the
media for our ultimate goal to obtain endorsement and concrete actions in
relation to the "Code" and its Consensus Papers.
EMSP goals are running
parallel to those of the Commission's New Health strategy which includes the
access to good quality care and the reduction of inequalities in health.
European Multiple Scleroris Platform (emsp)EMSP's
-- to exchange and disseminate information relating to
multiple sclerosis considering all issues relevant to people affected by MS;
-- to encourage research of all kinds that is appropriate to multiple
sclerosis through recognised medical and other organisations;
-- to promote
the development of join action programmes with the participation of national MS
societies in Europe, aimed at improving the quality of their activities and
-- to act as focal point for liaison with the institutions of the
European Union (EU), the Council of Europe and other European organisations, in
order to study and propose measures to improve the autonomy of handicapped
persons and promote their full participation in society. www.ms-in-europe.com