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European Chronic Pain Advocate Awarded Royal Honour

After more than 20 years of service, Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) President Joop van Griensven was awarded the Order of Oranje-Nassau Royal Decoration for his voluntary work advocating for chronic pain patients across Europe.

“It is a surprise and a beautiful gesture of appreciation, but also a recognition for everybody I work with,” said Mr van Griensven.

The Order of Oranje-Nassau Royal Decoration is a high honour and recognition that someone has rendered exceptional service to society, for example in the form of voluntary work.

Mr van Griensven has been recognised as one of the most prominent patient advocates in the chronic pain field, having held a number of voluntary positions – including as President of PAE for the past 7 years and Treasurer of European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA) for the past 11 years.

To be awarded the Order of Oranje-Nassau Royal Decoration, one has to be nominated by a group of their peers. Mr van Griensven was nominated by a group of fellow patient advocates who recognised his significant contribution to the field of chronic pain.

Chronic pain is one of the most urgent and widespread challenges facing the healthcare sector in Europe, with more than one in five European citizens suffering from the condition.


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Mr van Griensven is available for interview. High-resolution images available on request. 

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About Pain Alliance Europe

Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) is a non-profit organisation based in Belgium, functioning as an umbrella organisation of 41 national and regional associations in 18 European countries, concerned with chronic pain, regardless of the underlying condition.

For PAE, quality of life for a chronic pain patient means having the right to choose the best solutions for them and being provided with the support they need to live their life to the full.

PAE aims to raise awareness of the impact of chronic pain, to highlight the importance of European policy on chronic pain and to reduce the impact of chronic pain on European society, in all areas.

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Last Updated: 01-May-2019