Covid-19 and SCI: Staying healthy with the help of Telecommunication and Telehealth

"International Days" are celebrated to mark important aspects of human life and history. On the suggestion of its Prevention Committee, International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has decided to observe ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ on 5th September every year with the intention of increasing awareness amongst the general public. It is presumed that the awareness would facilitate an inclusive life for persons with disability and ensure greater chances of success of prevention programs.

Since its inception on 5th September 2016, the ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ has been meeting an increasing success around the world, under different slogans: ‘Yes We Can’ in 2017, ‘Stop Spinal Cord Injury’ in 2018, ‘Living life to the fullest’ in 2019, and ‘Covid-19 and SCI: Staying well’ in 2020. When choosing the slogan last year, we thought we had seen the worst of the pandemic. Unfortunately, Covid-19 is still a major concern, affecting lives of millions of people around the world and posing challenges in providing health care.

In this context, Telecommunication and Telehealth have emerged as an effective way to facilitate optimal health service delivery while minimizing the hazard of direct person-to-person exposure to Covid-19. Additional benefits include reduced travel costs and risks associated with transport related accidents, more equitable access to health services and closer engagement with local health services and primary care providers. These communication technologies may be used for a range of services, such as preventive, diagnostic, educational, and/or therapeutic interventions.

Telecommunication and Telehealth technologies have much potential for patients with SCI living in rural and remote areas, particularly in developing countries. However, regional internet availability or the cost of mobile devices can still be a limiting factor. Such barriers should be overcome to foster optimal access to care for each person with SCI.

Events will be organized around the world, in as many countries as possible: please contact your medical centre or the local authority to know what is organized in your city.


Video Competition 2021

The Prevention Committee of ISCoS is organizing a Video Competition. All members of ISCoS and its Affiliated Societies are eligible to participate in it.

The guidelines for participants are as below:

  • The theme of the video competition on "Covid-19 and SCI: Staying healthy with the help of Telecommunication and Telehealth" is open for all professionals who are members of ISCoS and its affiliated societies

  • Videos should describe how information technologies such as Telecommunication and Telehealth were set up in the different communities, and helped minimize the hazard of direct person-to-person exposure to Covid-19; their benefits in a range of services, such as preventive, diagnostic, educational, and/or therapeutic interventions; the barriers that need to be overcome; the lessons that can be learned for the future…

  • Videos should be 1 to 3 minutes long, using the MP4 format with a size less than 20Mo

  • Videos should be sent with WeTransfer file transfer service. As an alternative, they can be attached in an email.

  • Videos should be sent before 15th August, 2021 to:

  • Applicants name and affiliation to the institute should be clearly mentioned in the email.

  • All videos contest submissions shall become the property of the ISCoS.

All videos will be uploaded on the SCI Day website. A panel of judges (mostly members of the Prevention Committee) will review the videos. Entries will be judged based on two key factors: the impact the judges believe the poster will have for spreading awareness of prevention; and the skill and quality reflected in the execution.

The 3 best videos will be selected and awarded each a free registration to the forthcoming ISCoS virtual meeting in Vancouver (29 September – 2 October 2021). The announcement of the winners will take place on 5th September 2021 and will be advertised on the SCI Day website. The five best videos will also be hosted on the ISCoS  202 Annual Scientific Meeting platform.

We request all members to participate wholeheartedly in the contest. For further information please visit our website or contact Pr Belgin Erhan

With regards,

For the ISCoS Prevention Committee:
Dr Jean Gabriel Prévinaire, Chair
Pr. Belgin Erhan, Dr Annie Rapidi, Mrs Kamrunnaher Koly, SCI Day subcommittee

For further information, please visit our website:

Where to find us

National Spinal Injuries Centre,
Stoke Mandeville Hospital,
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire,
HP21 8AL, United Kingdom

How to contact us

Tel: +44 1296 315 866


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