“It's not a women's problem.
It is a social problem.
"With these words, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday the launch of a national strategy to fight endometriosis in order to raise awareness, diagnose and take charge of this inflammatory and chronic disease of the genital system from which a woman suffers. out of 10 in France.
It is not a problem of women, it is a problem of society.
The national strategy we are launching brings hope for a better quality of life for millions of girls and women.
- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 11, 2022
"They are called Sandrine, Lola, Charlotte or Enora," says the head of state in a video posted on social networks.
"They are exhausted, worn out by pain that can go as far as fainting," said the president about this disease which affects more than two million French women and is the leading cause of infertility in France.
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This disease, on which knowledge remains incomplete, is linked to the development of a uterine lining (the endometrium) outside the uterus, colonizing other organs.
Sometimes asymptomatic, it can also manifest itself in heavy periods and severe pain.
Its ignorance in the medical world and within society leads to a diagnosis delay of seven years on average.
"Better understand" and "find treatments"
This subject "which is close to my heart (...) leads today to the launch of our first national strategy to fight against endometriosis", declared Emmanuel Macron.
It will aim to "better understand this disease and its causes, and find therapeutic treatments," said the Head of State, announcing that resources will be released "up to the challenges" for research.
Then, each region will have to “precisely identify territorial care channels with at least one referral and expertise center”.
"There will be specific national funding," said the Elysee.
Finally, "we must develop what we could call an
with all audiences: at school, at university, at home, at the office, and even, and above all, I would say, in communities. medical, ”said Emmanuel Macron.
Work launched in 2019
The government, which launched work in 2019 to improve patient care, had already announced last year its intention to develop a national strategy against this disease, entrusting the mission to MEP LREM Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, a gynecologist who has been very involved in this subject for years.
His report was made Tuesday at the Elysee Palace.
The Head of State retained his main proposals, among which appear “the need to guarantee comprehensive, personalized and equitable care throughout the territory, the strengthening of the training of health professionals, the need to invest in research to advance knowledge of the disease ”.