Dr. Humeira Badsha and Dr. Peter Nash from Australia speaking on data from Tofacitnib treated patients to Rheumatologist’s in Dubai
From the launch of the bone and joint club by HBMC on 28-Feb-2017 for doctors and physiotherapists taking care of musculoskeletal problems.
Dr. Ghita Harifi our Rheumatology Specialist, held a practical ultrasound workshop on patients for doctors during the 1st Musculoskeletal Imaging Summit for Rheumatology and Radiology ISEMIR by Emirates Society for Rheumatology.
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 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, Dr. Ghita Harifi, 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.”
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
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.
Dr Humeira Badsha, who is also a founder of the Emirates Arthritis Foundation and Dr Harifi were a part of the World Arthritis Day 2016 on October 12.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the most prevalent form of inflammatory arthritis, affecting roughly 1% of UAE population. Two-thirds of these are women.
The Dr. Humeira Badsha Medical Center team are very pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the Department of Rheumatology, Dr. Ghita Harifi, a board-certified rheumatologist.
Dr. Harifi is actively involved in research and education and has published several articles in influential peer-reviewed journals. She’s been practicing rheumatology in Dubai since 2012. Prior to joining Dr. Humeira Badsha Medical Center, she worked at Dubai Hospital, where she set up and ran a musculoskeletal ultrasound clinic in addition to the general rheumatology clinics and the early arthritis clinics.
Dr. Harifi is a leader in musculoskeletal ultrasound in the UAE; she brings a wealth of experience to our medical center.
Chairing the Rheumatology conference