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We dedicate ourselves once more to the care of people with arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. With better research and awareness we hope for a cure. #dontdelayconnecttoday   Read more: MEAF hosts community event to mark World Arthritis Day in the UAE Gulf Today: https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2019/10/16/meaf-hosts-community-event-to-mark-world-arthritis-day-in-the-uae UAE News 247: https://uaenews247.com/2019/10/15/meaf-hosts-community-event-to-mark-world-arthritis-day-in-the-uae/ MENAFN: https://menafn.com/1099122115/MEAF-hosts-community-event-to-mark-World-Arthritis-Day-in-the-UAE

World Arthritis Day 2018 Dubai UAE

A full day of free activities was organised by the Middle East Arthritis Foundation (MEAF)

Dubai, UAE: Over the weekend the Middle East Arthritis Foundation (MEAF) conducted its public community event at the Shangri-La hotel, Dubai to mark World Arthritis Day 2018 (WAD). Four hundred patients and their families and carers gathered to participate in several activities including a fashion show, nutrition and pain management sessions as well as free bone density and hand scan tests, all designed to create greater awareness of the chronic disease, support those who suffer from arthritis, and encourage early diagnosis.

With more than 50 million people around the world diagnosed with some form of arthritis and one in five people in the UAE, it is imperative that preventative measures are taken early on. This year’s community event focused on children, adolescents, young adults and addressed pregnancy challenges for mothers-to-be.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Humeira Badsha, Founding Member of the Middle East Arthritis Foundation said, “Through the year, we work ceaselessly towards the welfare of patients in the UAE who are battling this chronic disease. We hope that community events such as these, will help raise awareness and inspire others to work towards earlier diagnosis and proper access to treatment.”

The community event which was open to the public featured a yoga session, followed by breakout sessions on nutrition and pain management by experts, with inspiring tales from arthritic patients on managing lifestyles. Sessions in Arabic for the benefit of the Arabic-speaking population were newly introduced this year. Attendees availed of the opportunity for a free hand scan as well as a free bone density and much more. The event culminated with a fashion show led by arthritic patients and doctors walking the ramp and modelling comfortable yet glamorous clothing and footwear.

Middle East Arthritis Foundation hosts walkathon to empower people with arthritis

Patients from across the region to walk on the journey together to increase awareness of arthritis

Dubai, UAE, 13th March 2018 – This April, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation (MEAF) is walking towards making a difference to people in the UAE living with arthritis. Supported by Dubai Municipality, Abbvie, Pfizer, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Janssen, the arthritis awareness walkathon “Walk for Arthritis” is free to the public and will take place on Friday, 6th April 2018 from 7.30am at Dubai Creek Gate no 2, Umm Huriar. People are encouraged to attend and to learn factors associated with arthritis, and to walk on this journey to promoting a pain-free life. The 3.5km walkathon will feature interactive exercise sessions on pain management and movement making health a priority to people in 2018.

The Middle East Arthritis Foundation has taken colossal steps to conquer this crippling disease. “Every day millions of lives are affected by arthritis and we’re ready to take a stand,” said Dr. Humeira Badsha, Founding Member of the Middle East Arthritis Foundation.

“Our walk to cure arthritis celebrates our warriors, encourages group therapy and additional efforts to encourage research, resources and a cure. In the UAE, approximately one to five people are diagnosed with the condition, making it imperative that preventative measures are taken with early diagnoses.”

 

Link to the full article on UAE News 247

Nervous System Targeted at 5th Bone and Joint Club Meeting

The evening of February 26th highlighted some key updates to the neurological manifestations of Rheumatic disease; including Neuropathies, Arteritis and Cerebral Vasculitis. This was followed by a Q & A session and dinner. Dubai Health Authority offered 3.00 CPD credit points for attendance.

On the topic of Neurological Manifestations, Dr Humeira Badsha introduced case presentations on Giant Cell Arteritis and Cerebral Vasculitis, providing useful information regarding new therapeutic management techniques and policies.

The 5th Bone & Joint Club meeting at the JW Marriott Marquis brought a wealth of Rheumatologists and Neurologists together for a successful evening of discussion and learning.

Early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) is crucial to avoid progressive ill health.

A message coming loud and clear in the Middle East Arthritis Foundation’s new public awareness campaign ‘Don’t Delay, Connect Today’ – launched on World Arthritis Day, October 13 and hosted in Dubai.

The venue: The Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (from 9am).
Register for free!
on the website http://www.arthritis.ae/wad
or by calling +97156 364 3215

 

In the news:

World Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day 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. 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 characterised 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 Middle East Arthritis Foundation will launch its first support group for those suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis in the UAE. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, 17th December in Dubai at the JW Marriott, Marquis, Business Bay, the meeting aims to help affected patients and their families to cope with the disease, and to create awareness to aid early diagnosis.

Headed up by Specialist Rheumatologist, the group will provide a platform for support, medical advice and treatments, and education of various elements associated with Ankylosing Spondylitis. The disease is the most common form of Spondyloarthropathy – an umbrella term for inflammatory diseases that involve mainly the spine. It often has some particularities that make it difficult to diagnose, making it trickier to manage effectively.

Following the first support group meeting, regular group sessions that involve physiotherapy and exercises specific for Spondyloarthropathy will be held. Dr. Harifi adds, “The importance of exercise for the management of the disease cannot be overemphasized. Movement can help relieve pain and stiffness unless you are in the midst of a flare. Studies have shown that supervised and group exercise are more effective than exercising at home.”

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, 17th December 2016
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay
Cost: Free of charge
How to register: Call 056 364 3215 or contact Middle East Arthritis Foundation via direct message on Facebook

Oct 15

Dr Badsha and Dr Harifi were teaching other rheumatologists hands-on practice of techniques using joint injections to the knee, shoulder, wrist, and ankle during the Rheumatology Conference 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel – Dubai by the Emirates Society for Rheumatology.

Celebrating World Arthritis Day 2015

Painful and debilitating, arthritis affects one in five people in the Middle East.

Contrary to popular belief, the chronic disease does not only occur in the elderly. Children and teenagers are also susceptible, with the most severe forms occurring mostly in younger people, and the average age of onset between 40 and 60 years.

Read more: http://www.dubaiweek.ae/news/4315/this-week-world-arthritis-day-2015-in-dubai/

Celebrating World Arthritis Day 2015

Rheumatological Diseases -Understanding, Assessment and Patient Communication CME

Park Regis Hotel, Dubai

A workshop aimed at Nurses throughout the Gulf region will take place on 31st May 2013, Park Regis Hotel, Dubai

Date: May 31, 2013
Time: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Park Regis Hotel, Dubai

PhysioArt Physiotherapy Center, Beach Park Plaza, Jumeirah

Join us for our first lecture evening as we present an interactive session all about juices and exercise tips for the summer.

Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: PhysioArt Physiotherapy Center, Beach Park Plaza, Jumeirah

Presenters:
Marcel Schmidt – Senior Physiotherapist at PhysioArt
Maya Kobeissi – Dietician at Dr. Humeira Badsha Medical Center
Vishwas Chhabra – Yoga and Lifestyle Consultant

For more info please contact Fadia on 04 385 6677 or e-mail [email protected]

Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai (Opp. Burjman Center)

The Emirates Arthritis Foundation is organizing its first Patient Support Event of 2013 sponsored by Pfizer on Healthy Eating and Exercise for Arthritis.

The topics covered in the event are:

  • Arthritis & it’s Treatment – Dr. Humeira Badsha
  • Nutrition & Arthritis – Maya Kobeissi
  • Get fit wherever you sit – Dr. Vishwas Chhabra
  • Pain Relief & Physiotherapy for Arthritis – Dr. Marcel Schmidt

Please RSVP and let us know if you can join us

Date: April 18, 2013
Time: 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai (Opp. Burjman Center)

Radisson Blu – Shaikh Zayed (sponsored by Abott)

Dr. Humeira Badsha invites patients for a Free Seminar & Dinner at Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai (sponsored by Abott).

Date: January 11, 2013

Topic:
5:30pm – Ankylosing Spondylitis by Dr. Humeira Badsha
6:00pm – Exercises & Techniques for Ankylosing Spondylitis by Mr. Marcel (Physiotherapist)
6:30pm – Yoga Session with Mr. Vishwash Chhabra

Attire: Exercise Clothes

RSVP: Please e-mail [email protected] or contact us: +9714 3856009

In case you need driving directions to the venue, click here:
www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-dubai/location

Professor Nicola Maffulli

Prof. Maffulli has published more than 900 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and 12 books on Orthopaedic Surgery and in Sports Medicine. Prof. Maffulli has a particular scientific interest in the physiopathology of sports injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament and tendon injuries, and great expertise in arthroscopic techniques of the knee and foot and ankle.


He was Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Keele University School of Medicine (2001-2008), Centre Lead and Professor of Sports and Exercise Medicine, at Queen Mary University of London, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London (2008-2013), and has now taken up the Chair in Musculoskeletal Disorders in Salerno University School of Medicine, Italy, maintaining an Honorary Chair in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, and a Visiting Professorship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at Keele University School of Medicine.


A keen athlete in his younger days, his old dream of going to the Olympics has been granted in London: he has been the Field of Play doctor for the Olympic Wrestling Tournament, and has lead a group of seven orthopedic surgeons to administer the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle care for both the Olympics and the Paralympics. He is one among a small handful of surgeons to have been awarded the FRCP.

I thank Prof. Nicola Maffulli for joining our team and his confidence in us. He is now our Consultant Orthopaedic and Sports Injury surgeons.

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