Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

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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

#BoneJointWeek

12-20 October

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

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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:

EULAR updates hand osteoarthritis management document 26/09/2018 - On 6 September 2018, The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) published an update to a set of recommendations for the management of hand osteoarthritis. The recommendations report on new evidence made since a first EULAR report was published in 2007. See the press release (opens in PDF) for the five overarching principles and ten recommendations ...
Launch of EULAR`s Edgar Stene Prize Competition 2019 30/07/2018 - On behalf of Nele Caeyers, Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE); Dieter Wiek, EULAR Vice President, representing PARE; and Polina Pchelnikova, Working Group leader of the Edgar Stene Prize; the EULAR secretariat is delighted to announce the call for entries for the Edgar Stene Prize Competition 2019. People ...
EULAR Breakthrough evaluation survey 02/07/2018 - The EULAR PARE Editorial Board need your input regarding their publications, in order to assess their impact and value. They are looking for one person per organisation to give feedback on their e-Breakthrough newsletter and the hard copy, Breakthrough. It would help them if you could fill out a short online survey by 30 July ...
EULAR EMEUNET Journal Club and Social Media survey 01/06/2018 - EMEUNET (the Emerging Eular NETwork) and the EULAR School of Rheumatology have launched an online educational initiative called Twitter Journal Club, facilitated by experienced rheumatologists. The aim is to allow Twitter users to participate in a discussion with colleagues around the world about recent key papers in rheumatology. Each month details of the article selected ...

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.

International

A selection of other recent international posts:

Public Health England – Case study and report on lessons learnt 29/09/2018 - A report by Public Health England has been published in the World Health Organization's European journal, Public Health Panorama. "Developing partnerships and a whole-system approach for the prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in England" Abstract: This case study reviews the experience of PHE in developing and implementing a public health approach to the prevention of and ...
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 ...
Bone and Joint Week 2018 preview 03/09/2018 - Bone and Joint Week 2018 runs from 12-20 October 2018, highlighting the reality that musculoskeletal conditions are a big problem in the UK: they affect nearly everyone at some point in their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the UK. Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, including children. If not treated appropriately, ...
September 2018 is International Pain Awareness Month 03/09/2018 - September 2018 has been declared International Pain Awareness Month by the International Association of Patient organizations (IAPO). Pain Alliance Europe is trying to organize an event in Brussels, end-September, which would involve all bodies who have organized a pain awareness activity during September. This event will depend on the possibility of getting sponsors and the ...
Societal Impact of Pain framing paper and webinar 31/07/2018 - With the help of their partners and endorsers, Pain Alliance Europe has created a Framing Paper and Joint Statement: policy documents that analyse the existing initiatives and remaining gaps in policy actions to tackle the impact of pain on societies, economies and individuals. This document was discussed with the participants in attendance to the first ...
Launch of EULAR`s Edgar Stene Prize Competition 2019 30/07/2018 - On behalf of Nele Caeyers, Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE); Dieter Wiek, EULAR Vice President, representing PARE; and Polina Pchelnikova, Working Group leader of the Edgar Stene Prize; the EULAR secretariat is delighted to announce the call for entries for the Edgar Stene Prize Competition 2019. People ...
EULAR Breakthrough evaluation survey 02/07/2018 - The EULAR PARE Editorial Board need your input regarding their publications, in order to assess their impact and value. They are looking for one person per organisation to give feedback on their e-Breakthrough newsletter and the hard copy, Breakthrough. It would help them if you could fill out a short online survey by 30 July ...
Winners announced for European patient-driven pain grant 29/06/2018 - The inaugural Brain, Mind and Pain Grant announced its winners in June, naming three innovative, patient-centred projects: Master Your Pain by Groningen University – an e-health platform to help patients with rheumatic pain self-manage their symptoms ASPERGA Association for their prototype auditory aid that aims to reduce sensory pain in people with autism spectrum disorder MyBrainNet by ...

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