August 17, 2020

International Headache Society’s Global Patient Advocacy Coalition Unites Worldwide Organizations Against COVID-19


IHS-GPAC centralizes resources for migraine community during the global health pandemic

The Global Patient Advocacy Coalition – created by the International Headache Society (IHS) in 2017 – launched a COVID-19 Resource Library featuring resources from its global partners. These resources are designed for patients, providers and advocates in the migraine community to learn more about COVID-19 as it relates to migraine and headache during this time of uncertainty and misinformation. COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily routines and impact healthcare access, underscoring the need for verified information housed in a centralized destination.

IHS-GPAC is a global coalition formed to unify patient advocates around the world and leverage collective resources to drive meaningful change in migraine patient care. The COVID-19 Resource Library includes Coalition members’ resources created to help their constituents during the COVID-19 pandemic, covering topics such as telemedicine, emergency care, treatment plans, finding support and more.

“With migraine affecting one in seven people globally, we recognize the value of a singular webpage for the migraine community to come together and learn from one another,” says IHS-GPAC Chair David Dodick, MD, FAHS. “Our ongoing mission is to create a world where migraine is understood and optimally managed, and this global health crisis has made this mission especially urgent.”

The COVID-19 Resource Library removes barriers to timely and relevant migraine education by centralizing resources that are currently dispersed in isolated silos within the internet. The selectively sourced content is deliberately inclusive and easy to navigate, so as to support all of those involved in the migraine and headache community, including patients, healthcare providers, advocates, employers and policy makers.

“As we lead our organization in our respective corners of the world, it is important for Coalition members to unite under the shared goal of helping patients with migraine and other headache disorders during this pandemic,” says Elena Ruiz de la Torre, executive director of the European Migraine and Headache Alliance. “While there is still so much to learn about COVID-19, the IHS-GPAC COVID-19 Resource Library has actionable information for those with migraine to answer their questions about life during the pandemic.”

Access the COVID-19 Resource Library at


IHS-GPAC unites the most impactful voices in migraine research, support and education to create a world where migraine is understood and optimally managed. Working in collaboration with patients, health care providers and headache, pain and neurology associations worldwide, our goal is to improve the lives of those affected by migraine, cluster headache and other diseases that cause severe head pain. Migraine is the most common brain disorder, affecting 1 in 7 people worldwide. With empathy, hope and determination, IHS-GPAC is committed to raising awareness on the impact of migraine, implementing optimal standards of migraine care and reducing the global burden of the disease. Learn more at


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