Since its incorporation in 2009 – the International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) has been supporting the efforts of countries focused on establishing their own national frameworks to advance lymphedema care in their respective countries. We are proud to have the following national frameworks established and part of the ILF network: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Italy, Greece, France,The Netherlands, United States, UK and most recently Ireland as highlighted below. Several other countries, both in developed and developing countries, are in various stages of organizing a national framework. We plan to highlight at least one country framework in each of our newsletters – to give you a perspective of what actions, activities and developments are happening around the world. As this is our first newsletter in a while we felt it would be a great idea to highlight both new and long established frameworks alongside each other.
The Danish Lymphoedema Framework
The Framework has been given a grant of 5 million kroner, over four years, from the Danish Cancer Foundation, to conduct a study on early detection of lymphoedema in the lower extremities after gynaecological cancer. Three out of four of the biggest health departments are joining the study. The remaining department could not participate as they had another study running at the same time. The protocol is almost ready for approval.
The Canadian Lymphedema Framework ( CLF)
The CLF is celebrating the 15th issue of Pathways, their national lymphedema magazine. The three pillars of the CLF are Education, Research and Partnerships. Since 2009, the CLF has been busy publishing standardized educational material, consensus statements, research agendas for Canada as well as leading and participating in lymphedema research. A new report highlighting all the successes of the CLF can be found on page 25 of their Fall magazine which can be found here. Learn more about the role of the ILF, CLF and its collaborative model with existing lymphedema organizations in the article on page 22 entitled “Lymphedema Community Organizations Can Drive Change”. We encourage you to learn more about this framework by visiting the newly launched website www.canadalymph.ca.