On 12 October 2014, World Arthritis Day will be celebrated around the globe.
The day was first observed in 1996 by Arthritis Rheumatism International and is now a worldwide event, bringing arthritis sufferers together to get their voices heard!
World Arthritis Day aims to raise awareness of the condition and make sure that sufferers and caregivers know all the support and help that is available to them.
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.