On Saturday 7th October 2017, Fondazione ISAL organized the ninth edition of the Day “100 cities against pain”. The event was supported by the major political and scientific institutions and has received the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic for its public value. As on previous years, PAE, MEPs, and EFIC have given their support to the initiative.
The aim of “100 cities against pain” is to provide citizens with free consultations and with information concerning their therapeutic options and the locality of the centers for the treatment of chronic pain and to sensitize society, the media, and institutions regarding the problem of chronic pain and of its treatment.
On Saturday 7th October, and during the previous and following weeks, in more than 130 cities in Italy and abroad (Malta, Spain, Ireland, Azores), pain physicians, volunteers, and patients’ associations were in the main squares and hospitals to state the right not to suffer.
In Italy, more than 13 million people suffer from chronic pain but as a survey of Fondazione ISAL reveals, only 26% of them know that there are specialized treatment centers for chronic pain. At the same time, the majority of people consider chronic pain as a real disease.
This Day has been supported also by an online campaign on social media, #zeropain17 which has collected hundreds of pictures of people saying No! to pain.