About World Arthritis Day
World Arthritis Day (WAD)
in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI).
WAD is a global initiative bringing
people together to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic
and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). WAD is celebrated every year on 12
is supported by a year-round global campaign.
The aims of WAD, set by EULAR, PARE (the
Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe) and the WAD
raise awareness of RMDs amongst the medical community, people with RMDs and the
influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs
and the steps which can be taken to ease it.
ensure all people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of the vast support
network available to them.
Now, people with RMDs from around the
world can join together to make their voices heard on this day. World Arthritis
Day is an ideal focus for organisations to raise awareness of issues affecting
people with RMDs and for individuals to support campaigns.
World Arthritis Day, including the
campaign website, is managed and supported by EULAR, the European League
The European League Against Rheumatism
(EULAR) is the organisation which represents people with RMDs, health
professionals and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European
The aims of EULAR are to reduce the
burden of rheumatic diseases on the individual and society and to improve the
treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of RMDs. EULAR fosters
excellence in education and research in the field of rheumatology,
translation of research advances into daily care and fights for the recognition
of the needs of people with rheumatic diseases.
The national organisations of People with
Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE) work together via the EULAR Standing
Committee of PARE. Each member country is represented on the committee. The
Standing Committee meets once
to review progress and plan future activities.
To find out more about EULAR please