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During this year 2017, the problem persists on how we can convince key opinion leaders in the area of policy, politics and in wider society, of the impact of headache disorders and the need to focus attention on lifting this burden.
‘Headache’ continues to be perceived In many quarters as a minor complaint, and those who are affected are stigmatised for being weak, neurotic and unreliable. I am hugely mindful that we need to continue to work together to illustrate the socio-economic impact of headache on our societies, and the negative effect these disabling disorders can have on the quality of life of those affected and their families. I am convinced that we also need to show society that these people are hard-working, resilient, adaptable – as a result of living with and managing migraine or other headache disorders. We need to turn the negative into a positive, and we need to activate our community to take control; to take the lead.
2016 was a busy year as EMHA President, representing EMHA at several high profile meetings resulting in deepening relationships with European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA), European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC), European Brain Council (EBC), Societal Impact of Pain Symposium (SIP), European Headache Federation (EHF) and European Academy of Neurology (EAN). Besides, EHA became a member of International Association of Patient Organisations (IAPO). I hope that the patient voice will long continue to be heard throughout the medical and scientific community as EMHA continues to go from strength to strength.
It has given me great pleasure to see the patient voice included in more and more activities and we are being taken seriously as key partner. EMHA is recognised and respected amongst those ordering priorities. A lot of time and energy has been devoted to developing and nurturing relationships with other stakeholders in the field.