EWMA 2020, 13-15 May

International Partner Organisation Session 2019: INTERNATIONAL LYMPHOEDEMA FRAMEWORK (ILF)

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Session title: Chronic Leg Ulcers, Wounds, Cellulitis and Obesity in Patients with Chronic Oedema/Lymphoedema

Session description: Chronic oedema is a term that is used to describe oedema in the tissue present for more than three months. This term includes patients suffering from lymphoedema, venous insuffi ciency and other causes such as immobility and obesity. Patients with chronic oedema has a high risk of developing chronic ulceration but also recurrent episodes of cellulitis. Compression therapy is the single most important element in the treatment. 

About the International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF):

The success of the UK Lymphoedema Framework in improving the management of this condition in Great Britain has led many international lymphoedema experts to express an interest in the methodology and spirit of the Framework. This is why Christine Moffatt and her team decided to set up the International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) as a charity. The choice of charitable status is a strong message to the lymphoedema community on the ethos and vision that govern the Framework. It is also a guarantee of the independence of the ILF in the ethical use of its resources and its capacity to contribute actively to the improvement of the management of lymphoedema worldwide, and especially in developing countries.

We believe that:

  • Patients should always be at the heart of Framework projects
  • Only a collaborative and multidisciplinary partnership among all stakeholders, recognised as experts, can lead to an improvement in the management of lymphoedema
  • Improving the management of lymphoedema is a dynamic process requiring ongoing research and implementation into practice
  • International collaboration is essential

What motivates us: 

"Thanks for your assistance and all the work you have done and are doing to move lymphoedema forward. As a mom with a young child with lymphedema, you have no idea how much your efforts mean to me.” K.A., Canada

Find more information about ILF at www.lympho.org


Wednesday, 5 June 

16.45–18.00 

Room: F3