Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland has announced it is launching an international long term conditions awareness day.

My Condition, My Life will be held on 28 April, 2020.

Announcing the news, chief executive Ian Welsh said: "Although there are international and national awareness days and weeks that recognise a wide range of conditions and specific groups, we have identified a gap for a long term conditions awareness day.

"The purpose of the day is to promote and raise awareness of the rights and wellbeing of people living with long term conditions around the world."

According to the Scottish Health Survey, 47% of people in Scotland live with one or more long term condition. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 57% of people globally live with one or more long term condition.

ALLIANCE hopes a new worldwide campaign will inspire people to live better with their own long term conditions, and engage through social media with an international community.

The campaign will be underpinned with online resources, bringing together a wealth of materials about living well with long term conditions.

ALLIANCE has secured partnership and endorsement from international organisations including the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI), based in Boston, and the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). 

It will be publishing content and progress about the day in the coming weeks on its website and through the weekly members’ bulletin, along with opportunities to endorse and get involved.

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland