ARMA is a member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, disseminating information from these organisations to the musculoskeletal community across the UK.
Being the UK’s National Action Network (NAN), ARMA actively collaborates with other national and international organisations, as well as representing the UK on an international stage.
Bone and Joint Week
Bone and Joint Week is part of an international campaign to improve musculoskeletal health.
Formerly known as Bone & Joint Awareness Week and aligned with USBJI’s Bone & Joint Action Week, in this annually occurring international event there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Visit the Bone and Joint Week page.
12 October: World Arthritis Day
16 October: World Spine Day
19 October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day
20 October: World Osteoporosis Day
12 October: World Arthritis Day (WAD)
The World Arthritis Day is supported by EULAR, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Delay, Connect Today!”
This campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis in preventing further damage to those living with RMDs, and to encourage timely access to evidence-based treatment.
You can get involved by liking and sharing posts on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#ConnectToday).
Find out more at www.worldarthritisday.org/get-involved.
Expand and browse all World Arthritis Day posts, here.
16th October: World Spine Day (WSD)
This year, the WSD theme is “Your Back in Action” highlighting the importance of physical activity and improving posture as part of good spinal health and prevention of injury. WSD is encouraging people and organisations worldwide to plan special events around the theme of #yourbackinaction to raise awareness of good spinal health.
See www.worldspineday.org for more information and how to get involved.
17th October: World Trauma Day
19th October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint (PB&J) Day
20th October: World Osteoporosis Day (WOD)
Visit the www.worldosteoporosisday.org website.
EULAR – the European League Against Rheumatism
The UK is one of many countries across Europe represented within EULAR, a diverse organisation that lobbies at the european level. The varying size, structure and activities of EULAR’s members means different approaches to issues must be represented, however all members work with a common goal to improve the lives of people with rheumatic diseases.
EULAR’s activities include raising awareness of the diseases, defending the rights and interests of people with RMDs, and promoting access to the latest and most appropriate treatments. EULAR collects and collates research on the different musculoskeletal conditions, and specifically develops information for broadcast to a non-medical audience.
For more information see EULAR website.
Recent EULAR posts:
Edgar Stene Prize Competition 2020 01/10/2019 - The late Edgar Stene, who had severe ankylosing spondylitis, was a great promoter of co-operation between doctors, patients and community workers. The EULAR Edgar Stene Prize Competition runs yearly in his memory and honour. First prize is € 1,000 and the winner will be invited to attend the EULAR Congress in Frankfurt. Second prize is… ... EULAR Physical Activity recommendations 27/08/2019 - EULAR has published a new lay summary: EULAR recommendations for physical activity in people with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis EULAR is disseminating the lay versions of the recommendations to patient organisations and healthcare professionals to support patients and carers in managing their condition. For more lay summaries of EULAR recommendations, go to the EULAR website. ... IMPACT-RMD study questionnaire 28/06/2019 - IMplementation of Physical Activity into routine Clinical pracTice in Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease The IMPACT-RMD study aims to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity in people with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). The goal is to help and support managing healthcare practitioners to understand more about physical activity as well as incorporate/include physical activity… ... EULAR survey patient-reported outcomes in young patients 31/05/2019 - Exploring the perspectives of young patients with chronic, inflammatory arthritis on patient-reported outcome measures Having completed Phase 1 of the YoungPro project (focus groups in four different European countries with young people with inflammatory arthritis and the first Task Force meeting), EULAR has developed a survey to be spread across Europe to gather additional information… ...
The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health
The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (G-Musc) is a global initiative intended to improve the lives of people with musculoskeletal disorders and to advance understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders through prevention, education and research.
G-Musc used to be known as the BJD, after the United Nations, the World Health Organization and 37 countries proclaimed the years 2000-2010 as the Bone and Joint Decade. Due to the success of this organisation it was extended to become the Bone and Joint decades, with a scope lasting until 2020. The initial 10-year global initiative was launched by the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who urged governments around the world to start taking action to draw attention to the growing pervasiveness and impact of musculoskeletal diseases, and to reduce the social and financial burdens to society.
What is ARMA’s Role in the Global Alliance?
As a supporter of the lobal Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, ARMA is part of a worldwide effort to:
- raise awareness and educate the world on the increasing societal impact of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders
- empower patients and service users to participate in decisions about their care and treatment
- increase global funding for prevention activities and treatment research
- continually seek and promote cost-effective prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders
The World Health Organization estimates that several hundred million people already suffer from bone and joint diseases, with dramatic increases expected due to a doubling in the number of people over 50 years of age by 2020. Musculo-skeletal conditions are the most common causes of severe long-term pain and physical disability, affecting hundreds of million of people across the world. The extent of the problem and its burden on patients and society can be understood from some examples:
- Joint diseases account for half of all chronic conditions in persons aged 65 and over.
- Back pain is the second leading cause of sick leave.
- Fractures related to osteoporosis have almost doubled in number in the last decade; it is estimated that 40% of all women over 50 years will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture.
- The severe injuries caused by traffic accidents and war produce a tremendous demand for preventive and restorative help. It it anticipated that 25% of health expenditure of developing countries will be spent on trauma related care by the year 2010.
- Crippling diseases and deformities continue to deprive children of their normal development.
Please visit the Global Alliance site for more information.
Recent Global Alliance posts:
Global Spine Care Initiative papers 26/09/2018 - The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health wishes to bring to your attention a series of papers published in a supplement of the European Spine Journal this month. They have been written by the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI), a sub group of World Spine Care, which in turn is a project of GMUSC. This was… ... Reducing the global burden of musculoskeletal conditions 01/06/2018 - The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health is delighted to inform you about the paper "Reducing the global burden of musculoskeletal conditions" published online in the WHO Bulletin, May 2018. International experts, working with The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, are calling for global action from health authorities to address the huge burden of musculoskeletal conditions,… ... G-MUSC Update 04/09/2017 - News from the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health regarding - the transition to Berlin from the United Kingdom; the change in leadership; and the arrangements for the G-MUSC Symposium and Annual General Meeting: Venue: Berlin, October 22nd - 23rd 2017 For more details on these items, open the G-MUSC Update in pdf. ...
A selection of other recent international posts:
Edgar Stene Prize Competition 2020 01/10/2019 - The late Edgar Stene, who had severe ankylosing spondylitis, was a great promoter of co-operation between doctors, patients and community workers. The EULAR Edgar Stene Prize Competition runs yearly in his memory and honour. First prize is € 1,000 and the winner will be invited to attend the EULAR Congress in Frankfurt. Second prize is… ... Conversation starters for MSD workplace discussions 28/08/2019 - A new resource on MSDs for workplaces – ‘Conversation Starters for workplace discussions on musculoskeletal disorders’ – is now available online from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). This is an Occupational safety and health (OSH) resource for running workplace group discussions on MSDs and their prevention. Each activity includes an MSD scenario… ... IMPACT-RMD study questionnaire 28/06/2019 - IMplementation of Physical Activity into routine Clinical pracTice in Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease The IMPACT-RMD study aims to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity in people with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). The goal is to help and support managing healthcare practitioners to understand more about physical activity as well as incorporate/include physical activity… ... EULAR survey patient-reported outcomes in young patients 31/05/2019 - Exploring the perspectives of young patients with chronic, inflammatory arthritis on patient-reported outcome measures Having completed Phase 1 of the YoungPro project (focus groups in four different European countries with young people with inflammatory arthritis and the first Task Force meeting), EULAR has developed a survey to be spread across Europe to gather additional information… ... BMJD World Congress 2019 28/02/2019 - The 7th World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases (BMJD) will take place October 17-19, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. This is your chance to interact with international experts from all areas of rheumatology in one place. The BMJD aims to reach consensus on controversial issues through debates and expert… ... WORD Day – 18 March 2019 02/02/2019 - The first ever annual WORD Day, “WOrld Young Rheumatic Disease Day” takes place on the 18 March in 2019. Jointly inaugurated by PReS (www.PRES.EU) and the parent/patient association ENCA (www.ENCA.org), the objectives of this day are to raise parental and professional awareness of these illnesses. Raising awareness of paediatric rheumatic diseases among health care providers… ... MACP partner conference and IFOMPT 22/01/2019 - Physio UK Conference As part of the 50th Anniversary of the MACP, the Executive Committee made the decision to partner with Physio UK 2018 and work to deliver the MSK stream across the 2 day conference. Labelled by CSP's Karen Middleton as "the best Physio UK ever," the conference attracted double the delegates of the… ... FOREUM call for International Fellowships 03/01/2019 - FOREUM – Foundation for Research in Rheumatology – announces its Call for International Fellowships (1 year). FOREUM is committed to funding and promoting scientific research into rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD) and has a goal to foster links between rheumatology units in different countries. Consistent with these goals is the establishment of a call for… ...
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