Message from Prof J J Wyndaele, President, ISCoS & Dr Harvinder Singh Chhabra, ISCoS SCI Day Committee Chair

Getting a spinal cord injury (SCI) is the most devastating event in a person’s life.
Because the central organisation of many body functions gets disturbed and coordination between functions becomes difficult or impossible, the individual with SCI has to cope with many severe challenges.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) together with the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has joined forces to increase awareness amongst health authorities and the general population. One of the initiatives was the publication of the International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury last year.
Spinal cord injuries can happen to anyone and anywhere. Therefore it is of upmost importance that SCI management gets full attention and that the global awareness regarding prevention of SCI is brought into the limelight.
SCI can be prevented in many cases and various strategies are available. SCI rehabilitation outcome depends on knowledge, dedication and cooperation. When a disaster occurs extra effort is needed. A national and international collaboration of forces can made a real difference.
September 5th 2016 has been chosen as the First SCI Awareness day worldwide. Initiatives are planned in many places globally to increase knowledge and make SCI the subject of attention and effort. Please look at further announcements and join hands to make these initiatives a grand success.