World Arthritis Day was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is celebrated each year on 12 October, On 12 October 2011, it will be celebrated around the globe.The day was first celebrated in 1996 by Arthritis Rheumatism International and is now a worldwide event, bringing arthritis sufferers together to get their voices heard!
Now, people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) from around the world can join together to make their voices heard on this day. World Arthritis Day is an ideal focus for organisations to raise awareness of issues affecting people with RMDs and for individuals to support campaigns.
Although 12 October is the official World Arthritis Day, this is a year round campaign.
The aims of World Arthritis Day are:
To raise awareness of RMDs amongst the medical community, people with RMDs and the general public
To influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs and the steps which can be taken to ease it
To ensure all people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of the vast support network available to them.
The World Arthritis Day website is supported and managed by EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism.
In 2010 ‘Let’s Work Together’ was the theme and EULAR adopted a two year project looking at work and rheumatic disease. Consideration was given to the challenges that people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) face in the workplace, or at home when supporting a family.
The theme for 2011 is ‘Move to Improve’ and this year looks set to have even more going on, and you can even hold your own event. To register, visit the World Arthritis Day website. You can also read lots of information about the symptoms of arthritis and arthritis care.