Middle East Arthritis Foundation Hosts Rheumatoid Arthritis Event to Raise Awareness on Early Detection
To observe World Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation will host its first awareness event for patients and families to be held at the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah on 4th February 2017
Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, January 2017 – The Middle East Arthritis Foundation will host its first Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness event for patients and their families on 4th February, to mark World Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day.
The annual event is observed on 2nd February and is dedicated to raise awareness and promote education about the progressive inflammatory disease, causing damage to joint and organ tissues, resulting in severe pain.
Headed up by two specialist rheumatologists, Dr. Ghita Harifi and Dr. Ghalib Al Ani, the event will cover the different types of rheumatic diseases and its effects. They will also discuss the importance of early diagnosis and its impact on the disease outcome, and how those affected by it can continue to enjoy a better quality of life.
Dr. Harifi says that there is still much about the disease that is unknown, which is why an event of this nature is imperative. “The precise cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is not yet known, but anyone, at any age, can get it and it may even occur in childhood,” she adds.
According to Dr. Ghalib, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease characterized by pain and swelling in and around joints, and stiffness in the joints and muscles which is much more apparent in the morning. “It is a systematic disease, meaning it can affect the whole body, even the lungs, skin, blood vessels, nerves, and eyes,” he explains.
Statistics from the Global Arthritis Foundation show that more than 50 million people around the world have some form of doctor-diagnosed arthritis – equating to one in five people over the age of 18. More than 20% of the UAE population suffers from some kind of joint problem, with Rheumatoid Arthritis being the most common form of inflammatory arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is most common in people between the ages of 30 and 50. Women are three times more likely to be affected by the disease than men.
The event will include educational sessions with patients and their families, presented by rheumatologists, where various topics will be addressed, including:
- How to diagnose and treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Analysis of herbal and natural treatments, and which ones work best
- The role of physiotherapy in the management of the disease (including a tutorial)
- A sharing session between patients and rheumatologists
There will also be a few stations supervised by doctors where attendees can have their joints examined, complete with an ultrasound, for free, to encourage testing and, ultimately, early diagnosis.
“Our aim is to urge people to get tested so that, should they suffer from this disease, they can be diagnosed early and start the correct treatment as soon as possible, greatly affecting the disease’s outcome,” says Dr. Harifi.
Date: Saturday, 4th February 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Rotana Cove, Ras Al Khaimah
How to register: Call 056 364 3215 or contact Middle East Arthritis Foundation via direct message on Facebook
About Middle East Arthritis Foundation
The Middle East Arthritis Foundation (formerly Emirates Arthritis Foundation) was launched in April 2006. The mandate of the Foundation is to increase awareness and education about arthritis in the region. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for people with various forms of arthritis through leadership training, in the prevention, control, and cure of the disease.