World Arthritis Week -15th Oct 2020


World Arthritis Week -WAW -2020 @ MEAF was a special week that unified people of all ages, races, and genders to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

Each year, thousands of people all around the world take to social media using the #WorldArthritisDay hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to celebrate the strength and determination of people with arthritis.

An excerpt from an article where Dr Humeira Badsha , consultant rheumatologist and board member of Middle East Arthritis Foundation, said: “Arthritis is surrounded by many misconceptions, one of them being that it affects only the elderly, which is far from true. Children as young as six months can suffer from arthritis. The lack of awareness about the disease is the first thing we need to overcome as a community. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of symptoms yet, therefore diagnosis and treatment get delayed.”

“Another challenge in treating patients with arthritis is access to rheumatologists which is again due to lack of awareness. For any bone or joint pain, a patient generally goes to a GP for treatment, instead of a rheumatologist, thereby delaying diagnosis and treatment,” she added.

If you think you may have arthritis? Learn about the most common warning signs. Information about symptoms, health and lifestyle habits will help determine the type of arthritis you have.

Out of my own personal experiences what  I can share is connecting with other people, being active, taking medications & having a healthy lifestyle, having a positive mindset and being in the moment has taken me through my RA journey and is still doing so!!!

Will be uploading some informative writeups, videos soon….

Until then be gentle with yourself…I guess you are doing your best…keep going…




Today is World Arthritis Day -12th Oct

Being Physically & Mentally Active Is The Best Medicine to manage Arthritis !

Keeping weight in check, strengthening muscles around the joints, doing stretching and flexibility exercises go a long way in keeping the joints healthy and pain-free.

Basically a day like World Arthritis Day aims to reach many people who aren’t familiar with arthritis and help redefine what the disease could mean to a person beyond most people’s stereotypical definition.

Setting sights on earlier care and having a much more personalized option for patients is the mission Also to provide a network for arthritis patients and care takers and and promote awareness events.

There are no quick fixes or fad diets that will resolve our symptoms arising from arthritis. Rather a multifactorial approach will place us in the best position to manage our own health.

For everyone ….wellbeing is a journey….the actual secret is committing to that journey and taking those small baby steps with a lot of positivity and conviction within ourselves………………

World Arthritis WEEK -1Oth OCTOBER 2020

World Arthritis Week (WAW) is a global awareness-raising week..

We would have a monthlong awareness campaign through the entire month of October.

Todays talks will be on Immuno Suppressants / Nutrition Talk & Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • The drugs work by suppressing a patient’s overactive immune system which attacks its human host. The current advice for patients is to continue their rheumatology treatments and this advice remains unchanged. Any patient thinking of changing or stopping their medication should discuss this with their rheumatologist as the benefits of remaining on therapy are still thought to outweigh the risks.
  • While the number of people with arthritis is growing, the need for accurate information on nutrition and exercise is as well. Following a healthy diet and physical activity recommendations is essential for treatment, to maintain quality of life, and may help with prevention.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss),  or AS, is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort.

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice!

World Arthritis Week -2020..its a virtual conference this year!

The Middle East Arthritis Foundation (formerly Emirates Arthritis Foundation) was launched in April 2006. The mandate of the Middle East Arthritis Foundation is to increase awareness and education about arthritis in the region. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis through leadership training, and in the prevention, control and cure of the disease.

Arthritis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Currently the MEAF runs events such as World Arthritis Day (since 2012) and Walk for Arthritis (Since 2018). Annually it gathers thousands of patients and their families through these and more events.

World Arthritis Day is usually packed full of activities and informative sessions involving around 300 patients and their families, whereas Walk for Arthritis has attracted over 1000 participants – making it the largest arthritis gathering in the UAE.

This year it’s a Virtual Conference – Zoom Platform  -October 9th to 15th .

MEAF is excited to be able to offer the most prolific WAD -World Arthritis Day event yet. Come along and join the fun! Get into the  online activities, excellent expert advice and loads of advice – all for free.

You can register @

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World Arthritis Day 2020



World Arthritis Day :

History and Theme

World Arthritis Day is celebrated on the October 12 since 1996.

World Arthritis Day is observed to raise awareness about the Arthritis around the world.

The theme of the World Arthritis Day 2019 was Time2Work.

This theme would be followed in the financial year 2020 also.

@ RAPOSITIVEHUB mission and aim is to spread awareness!

This year, especially being a COVID 19 situation taking into account recent events, the focus @ RAPOSITIVEHUB will be on Physical and Mental Well-being throughout the month of October. Request you to please participate.

During these tough Covid 19 times, it is important that people living with arthritis continue to self-manage their condition in order to reduce any painful symptoms and stay positive.

To help you look after your physical and mental health, we will have put together a resource full of advice, ideas and tips on how to stay well and continue managing your arthritis while self-isolating or staying indoors!

Whether it’s maintaining a healthy diet, or getting creative on your exercise routine, there are still many things we can be doing to care for ourselves and help reduce the symptoms of arthritis.

True strength lies often rises at our weakest point…get up and rise!