Background Estonia’s population is 1,3 million and about 250 000 of them suffering some kind of rheumatic diseases. Disease and its impact on the ability of understanding makes the life of rheumatic patients.
We have heard and listened to more than 1 000 people of our members linking the opinions that you expect and need to understand the rheumatic patientsfrom Estonian Rheumatism Associations. The message is clear:
rheumatic patients and our members and their representation of the human, civil, social and economic rights protection in Estonia and internationally;
Increased awareness of rheumatic diseases, treatment and support options - those affect what is actually living with them, you can do to improve the diagnosis of an after life;
Increased awareness of the Estonian Rheumatism Association and our members of the- of our existence and activities.
This time we decided to write our Development plan for 10 years and to change method how to write it.
The Estonian population has easy access to information on rheumatic diseasesand rheumatic patients are able to access the best possible services and support.
Society is aware of the rheumatic diseases, defined as the extent of the impact of disease and the importance of early diagnosis and prevention.
Rheumatic patients are more involved in society, with a positive mindset and makeinformed choices of their illness.
Rheumatic diseases are among the priority diseases at the national level.
Estonian Rheumatism Association is as recognized throughout Estonia as a single representation of rheumatic patients.
Estonian Rheumatism Associations and our members have their own goals and self-confident, focused and professional.
Methods There was a meeting of the Board members and Executive manager with trainer, who explained the needs and expectations of the new Development plan.
Then, two seminars were attended by leaders of members and key players, the board, executive team and the audit committee. Seminars aimed to assess the sustainability of the organization and its activities and capabilities.
The first seminar to be a specialist in the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People, the way the roof of the organization funding and what the performance indicators used inevaluation, etc.
Development Working Group was formed, which was responsible forthe input from the development plan seminars to explain and write goals.
The second seminar workshops were completed to achieve those specific objectivesspelled out the basic objectives and indicators.
Results A new developmentplan until 2020. The new developmentplan was a result of the completion of the new realistic goals.
Conclusions We believe that the new development plan prepared by such a method is important in ensuring a strong organizational sustainability, because the plan includes the inputs given by the members. The new development plan is realistic and optimistic.
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