Icelandic Health Authorities and the
World Health Organization (WHO) with the support of the Council of Europe
have launched an international effort to accumulate
information on various therapies and
procedures that have the potential
to restore function in people who have sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI).
The project is built on a
belief that if we
can open-mindedly integrate the divergent pieces of the puzzle that exist
throughout the world - whether they originate in the US, China, Russia
etc., whether they reflect the perspectives of Western or Eastern
medicine, or whether they reflect the contributions of large medical
centers or small clinics - restoration of function is a real-world
possibility now and not just some distant pie-in-the-sky possibility.
The overall goal of this database is to make
information on diverse therapies more readily available to people with
SCI, their family, friends, and caregivers.