This April, the Middle East Arthritis Foundation (MEAF) is walking towards making a difference to people in the UAE living with arthritis. Supported by Dubai Municipality, Abbvie, Pfizer, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Janssen, the arthritis awareness walkathon “Walk for Arthritis” is free to the public and will take place on Friday, 6th April 2018 from 7.30am at Dubai Creek Gate no 2, Umm Huriar. People are encouraged to attend and to learn factors associated with arthritis, and to walk on this journey to promoting a pain-free life. The 3.5km walkathon will feature interactive exercise sessions on pain management and movement making health a priority to people in 2018.

Arthritis affects millions of people worldwide. With the number of people aged over 50 years expected to double by 2020, the burden of musculoskeletal diseases is also expected to rise. The most common musculoskeletal conditions with the greatest impact on society are rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, spondyloarthritis, low back pain, osteoporosis, and limb trauma.  These conditions are a leading cause of absence from work, reasons for disability pensions, and account for 20% of health utilization costs.  Moreover, the economic burden from direct costs has been calculated to be between 0.7-1.5% of most countries gross domestic product.

The Middle East Arthritis Foundation has taken colossal steps to conquer this crippling disease. “Every day millions of lives are affected by arthritis and we’re ready to take a stand,” said Dr. Humeira Badsha, Founding Member of the Middle East Arthritis Foundation. “Our walk to cure arthritis celebrates our warriors, encourages group therapy and additional efforts to encourage research, resources and a cure. In the UAE, approximately one to five people are diagnosed with the condition, making it imperative that preventative measures are taken with early diagnoses.”

Sara, a 30 year-old diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) nearly six months back, joined in on the walkathon despite being on a wheelchair. She commented, “I have decided to join in and support others like me…I am keen to raise awareness about RA and show others that it is possible for patients to lead normal lives with the right treatment and attitude.”

“Our motto this year is ‘less pain and more gain’, with the aim to raise awareness about ways to prevent arthritis and to help people live a healthier and active life. We are expecting 300 participants at this year’s arthritis walkathon, making every step count towards finding a cure for the illness,” commented Sanria Khan, a patient and the Middle East Arthritis Foundation active member. “Our ‘Walk for Arthritis’ is a community gathering  equipping people with more self-management tools and knowledge. It is much more than just a walk event, it’s something even bigger than arthritis itself driven by passionate patients like me. Movement of our body and mind is essential for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental state. My message is - keep moving. If you do, you'll keep arthritis at bay. Come join us and feel the difference, and find out that you are not alone!”,"added Sanria Khan.

To register please visit, or call +971 50 534 31 82; for more information about this event, please follow the Foundation on Facebook: Emirates Arthritis Foundation.


About Middle East Arthritis Foundation:

The Emirates Arthritis foundation (formerly Emirates Arthritis Foundation) is a non-profit organisation that strives to breathe life into leading ideas on health, hope and happiness. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis through leadership training, in the prevention, control and cure of the disease.  Founded in 2006, the Foundation has grown to support more than 2000 patients today across the UAE. MEAF conduct an extensive range of events and programmes to support arthritis patients.


Source: Sherpa Communications