15 September, 2014

World Arthritis Day 2014 to empower more people in the UAE

Dubai, UAE - 15 September 2014 - In the approach to World Arthritis Day, celebrated around the world on October 12th, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation has announced a full set of activities planned for this year's celebrations. In line with this year's theme - 'Living Better, Ageing well' - the Foundation will host the event, which will both raise awareness of the disease and inspire those

World Arthritis Day 2014 to empower more people in the UAE
Middle East Arthritis Foundation to increase awareness and provide greater support for people suffering with arthritis by organising 2 days of activities
Dubai, UAE - 15 September 2014 - In the approach to World Arthritis Day, celebrated around the world on October 12th, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation has announced a full set of activities planned for this year's celebrations. In line with this year's theme - 'Living Better, Ageing well' - the Foundation will host the event, which will both raise awareness of the disease and inspire those with the condition to make the most of life. 

Spread over two days - Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October - World Arthritis Day events are open to anyone, family and friends included, who are dealing with or directly or indirectly affected by arthritis.  The event will be free of charge and feature exercise sessions, interactive round table discussion with experts, a Juvenile Arthritis Forum, cooking contest for patients and much more.

Dr. Humeria Badsha, founding Member of the Middle East Arthritis Foundation (formerly Emirates Arthritis Foundation) says the activities at this year's WAD event have been designed to support arthritis sufferers through their daily challenges, give advice on healthy nutrition, and help them to enjoy a happy and full lifestyle.

"We've designed a comprehensive programme and spread the activities over two days to cover all aspects of life for arthritis sufferers and give them useful tips for every day," she says.  "We want people to know that arthritis can be effectively controlled and managed, and that they don't need to stop their life because of that the condition.

We looked at everything that has worked during previous years and built on it to make World Arthritis Day 2014 even more interactive and more informative for our attendees."

All activities over the two-day WAD '14 event will be free of charge and open to the public. To register for the event, contact Middle East Arthritis Foundation on +971 50 534 31 82 (limited places available), and for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/EmiratesArthritisFoundation/info.

Arthritis affects one in five people in the UAE and early diagnosis is important for successful treatment. Contrary to popular belief, the 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.

Katrina Thornely, patient supporter and former EAF Director of Operations and Patient Support says arthritis is a very common condition affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. No one understands what it's like to live with arthritis quite like someone in the same boat. I was diagnosed with this condition when I was eighting months old, and have been combatting the disease since then. I've been supporting Middle East Arthritis Foundation (formerly Emirates Arthritis Foundation) and its initiatives for many years as I truly believe that such activities help people not only to gather together, receive emotional support and professional advice from medical specialists, but also help to take control of the disease, improve their health and wellbeing through interaction with the community.

The Middle East Arthritis Foundations' board members truly believe that ongoing activities like World Arthritis Day will help to raise awareness about arthritis, educate the community about the condition and support those who are suffering from the disease with their every day challenges. The organisers encourage people to join the World Arthritis Day's activities on October 10-11th, and support the community to provide better life for those who are in need.

Spread over two days, World Arthritis Day 2014 will offer a variety of activities with different key speakers and unique sessions on each day:

1) October 10th from 10am until 8pm, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road - stretching and breathing practical session for arthritis patients, weight loss and nutrition sessions; fitness training with an expert; lunch; roundtable discussion with patients and experts (rheumatologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists etc.) and more. The discussion will be held both in English and Arabic.

2) October 11th from 10am until 12nn, Cafe Ceramique, Jumeirah, Dubai - Juvenile Arthritis Forum for patients and kids with Dr.Betina Rogalski (Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, the Children's Medical Centre, UAE), Dr.Suma Balan (Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, India) and Ms.Maya Kobeissi (Registered Dietician Specialised in Paediatric Nutrition, Dr.Humeira Badsha Medical Centre, UAE). While children will be enjoying ceramic painting, parents will have a chance to receive practical advice from experts, participate in discussion and exchange opinions.

3) October 11th from 3pm until 7pm, SCAFA culinary school, unit 6, promenade level, cluster I, JLT, Dubai - cooking session for patients with arthritis guided by chef instructors and nutritionist. Participants will have a chance to receive advice from experts on healthy eating, easy and effective cooking techniques, strategies for simplifying meal preparation, nutrition and more. Interactive and positive cooking contest will be followed by a healthy dinner for all participants.

About Middle East Arthritis Foundation:
The Middle East Arthritis Foundation (formerly Emirates Arthritis Foundation) was the first musculoskeletal charity organisation to be established in the Middle East. Founded in 2006, the Foundation has grown to support more than 2000 patients today across the UAE. MEAF is a non-profit organisation that contributes to the welfare of the entire region by providing an extensive range of events and programmes to support arthritis patients, including regional outreach initiatives that draw upon support from the local healthcare community. The Middle East Arthritis Foundation's code of ethics is based upon promoting ideals of corporate fairness, transparency and accountability in order for it to remain a trusted community body. More information about the Foundation is available at: www.arthritis.ae.

About World Arthritis Day:
The World Arthritis Day (WAD) is globally celebrated on or around October 12th. This Day was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International to raise awareness and highlight support for people living with various forms of arthritis and to call on individuals and key opinion leaders to take action to reduce the burden of arthritis around the world. With arthritis affecting several hundred million people worldwide and being the leading cause of disability, the initiative is gaining more support in different countries each year.

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Anastasiya Golovatenko
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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E-mail:anastasiya@efikra.com

Shamim Kassibawi
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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