On 20th of December 2012, the Latvian government approved the National Development plan for 2014-2020, featuring all the Fit for Work key recommendations on prevention and management of MSDs. As the most important medium-term planning document in Latvia, the plan will now include management of MSDs as one of its key priorities. This is the major step forward in the Fit for Work initiative and in improving the standard of care of MSD patients in Latvia.
Creating and developing the Coalition
FFW Latvia initiative was launched on 28th March 2012 with a key aim of creating a National MSD’s Management Program. The National Coalition includes Project Patron, Karlis Sadurskis – MEP; Project Leader Daiga Behmane – Health Economic Association; Project official partners – LV Rheum Association and Rheum Patient Organization; politicians, representatives of Healthcare Ministry, Welfare Ministry, National Health Department, LV Confederation of Employment, and other stakeholders.
At the first National Coalition Meeting on 18th of May 2012, three Task Force Groups – led by prominent Latvian opinion leaders – were established with the aims of including workability as a priority in the Latvian policy, and setting new standards of care for MSDs to reduce the extent of temporary and permanent incapacity.
Key Project Achievements:
– Latvian National Development Plan (NDP) 2014 – 2020 features early intervention and diagnosis, workability, medical and social rehabilitation.
– Model for diagnosing and treatment of arthritis within 16 weeks from first disease symptoms.
– Collecting data on occupational and rehabilitation programmes for MSDs across different authorities and stakeholders.
FFW Latvia plans for 2013 include development and implementation of a National Arthritis programme to tackle specifically autoimmune MSDs; programme for management of occupational diseases; development of HTA tool for MSDs via patient case study approach, and final submission of National MSD’s management program to the Ministry of Health.
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