Wednesday, the Nordic Council Welfare Committee approved the Icelandic
delegation’s proposal for co-ordinated information on spinal cord
injuries in the Nordic region.
The proposal recommends the
appointment of a committee of scientists and physicians to collect
information and prepare an overview of Nordic and other research and
treatment of spinal cord injury, in the form a report, and to prepare
proposals for improvements in the research and treatment of spinal cord
Approval was also given to a
proposal to investigate the extent to which people with spinal cord
injuries are active in the employment market and to embark on the
creation of a Nordic quality file on spinal cord injuries.
Approximately 1000 Nordic
citizens suffer spinal cord injuries every year. Progress in the
treatment of spinal cord injuries has been much slower in recent decades
than in other fields of medicine, such as in cancer, cardiovascular and
As a result of the Welfare
Committee’s approval, the proposal will now be submitted for discussion
at the annual Session of the Nordic Council in Copenhagen in November.
The Nordic Council was formed in
1952. The Council has 87 elected members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
Norway and Sweden as well as from the three autonomous territories: the
Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.