More than 63,000 people waving their support for people with rheumatic diseases

Use our Waving mosaic photomontage and animation to support your campaigns

In 2011-2012 the World Arthritis Day (WAD) campaign focused on physically activity and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases with the strap line 'Move to Improve'. Physical activity is also an important part of Healthy Ageing - from growing up to growing older with an RMD - the focus for the 2013-2014 WAD campaign

The World Arthritis Day Waving campaign ran from May to 12 October 2012 and in that short space of time more than 63,000 people from over 8 countries around the world waved their support for World Arthritis Day and people with RMDs. You can view all the individual pictures and videos of people waving in the gallery or sort them by country.

Pictures from the gallery are available as a mosaic photomontage and as an animation.

How can you use the Waving mosaic and animation?
Organisations and campaigners representing people with RMDs can use the mosaic photomontage and the animation in many different ways, for example:

  • Projected onto the wall of a building, exhibition hall or meeting room
  • Embedded into PowerPoint presentations
  • Made into a banner or exhibition panel
  • Displayed on a website
  • Sent out to your supporters via email and social media
  • Used on print materials and promotional items – press releases, briefing documents, reports, brochures, flags, mugs, T-shirts and so on

For further information and ideas see the Waving campaign Toolkit.
Please note: World Arthritis Day campaign materials and logos cannot be used to promote products. For further information please refer to the Guide to using World Arthritis Day campaign logos.  


Why waving?

Keeping physically active is vitally important for people with RMDs, which is why we chose waving as the way people could express their support for World Arthritis Day and people with RMDs.


Waving Gallery

Top waving countries in 2012


  1. United States 12,624
  2. Greece 6,751
  3. Belgium 6,104
  4. Bulgaria 4,380
  5. Germany 4,101

Facts and figures

Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) encompass more than 200 different conditions including inflammatory diseases from rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondilitis to degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. In the industrialized world RMDs affect more individuals than any other disease group.

More than 120 million people across Europe alone are affected by RMDs

One third of all people are affected by rheumatic diseases at some point in their lifetime
Up to 85% of people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives