The 3rd European Congress of Post-Polio Syndrome will be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) from June 10 to 12, 2020. The objective is to improve the care of those affected by polio who face the “post-polio” syndrome.
In Europe there are between 500,000 and 1,000,000 polio survivors. Many of them do not receive the attention they need. There is a lack of knowledge about post-polio syndrome with health care providers and those affected by polio. This results in erratic diagnoses, complaints that are not taken seriously and inadequate attention. The care needs of polio sufferers increase as they age and become more complex due to comorbidities.
Polio has largely disappeared as a disease, due to the success of the polio eradication campaign initiated by Rotary International in 1988. This massive effort by the Rotary Foundation, WHO, UNICEF and Bill & Melinda Gates is very successful. Europe was declared polio-free by WHO in 2002. Since there have been no new cases of polio in Europe for decades, knowledge about the treatment of polio during growth has been lost. This complicates the treatment of a considerable number of immigrants with poliomyelitis, who are often younger and also have specific problems to participate in society.
Although there are specialized centers throughout Europe, referral is not optimal and care networks need to be applied. There is much variation in the provision of care, facilities available and services for the disabled.
In this 3-day international conference, polio survivors and representatives of those affected, health professionals from different disciplines and researchers from Europe and around the world, meet to exchange and discuss, with the aim of improving care to those affected by polio.
This conference is organized by the Rotary Club Vitoria, with the collaboration of Rotary International, the European Union against Polio, the International Union of Patient Organization, University Medical Center, The Netherlands, the Danish Society of Polio and Accident Victims (PTU ).
An exhibition will be held during the conference that offers an excellent opportunity to exchange information between sponsors and conference attendees. All coffee and tea breaks as well as lunch will be served in the exhibition area.