ESCIF is the European Spinal Cord Injury Federation, founded in Nottwil (Switzerland) in 2005. This federation emerged in response to the absence of a pan-European network for people with spinal cord injury, and initially had 12 members. This association has been expanded gradually until the number of 29 associations from 24 European countries.
Between the goals of ESCIF there is the research on social policy and assistance to countries to which its members belong, apart from medical research and participation in international congresses exposing statistical studies that are made regularly.
Since its foundation, the European Spinal Cord Injury Federation (FELM – ESCIF) has carried out a number of projects related to the rational management of spinal cord injury. It has considered and worked on the organization of treatments and rehabilitation, ways to define, analyze and ensure the quality of the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and recently, a project that has analyzed the issue of care and lifetime monitoring of people with spinal cord injury.
The FLM is currently working on a project called “Successful integration of people living with spinal cord injury”. Of the working groups that have been fomed for the project, the FLM participates in two:
- Group 2: Social and leisure activities
- Group 5: Assistance devices and mobility aids
The project objective is to collect information based on the knowledge and experience of European members in order to respond to the following question:
What can your organization do to facilitate the effective integration in the community of people with spinal cord injury?".
Whereas the latest project from ESCIF treated lifetime care and monitoring to prevent adverse health conditions and complications in chronic spinal cord injury, the proposed project will consider other factors essential to the effective (re) integration of people with spinal cord injury. As in all the other projects of ESCIF, the overall objective is to provide organizations members of the information, experiences and recommendations that will help them in the efforts to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury in their respective countries.
As results of the project and the research become better know, shall be made available on the FLM website for the users information.