Almost 200 delegates from 30 countries attended the Fifth EUFAMI European Congress, which was held in Basel, Switzerland on the 24th and 25th September 2011. The Congress consisted of a series of keynote speeches from representatives of family carers, users and professionals. A broad range of interactive workshops also took place at the Congress covering a wide range of topics which were of major interest to the delegates.
The Congress culminated in the release of the Basel Declaration on Community Care, in which the delegates called for action to be taken across Europe under a number of headings. Delegates also affirmed that Community Care is a Human Right and is everyone’s responsibility. They also committed to meet the challenge which faced them in achieving this right. Families also have a right to choose whether or not to accept a caring role and the need for a tangible recognition of this right was noted. The full text of the Declaration can be downloaded at http://www.eufami.org/index.php?option=com_pressreleasesnewsdesc&Itemid=135&titleid=93.
A comprehensive report of the Congress proceedings will be made available in due course.
Secretary General, EUFAMI