Waving Gallery

Below are all the pictures and videos of people waving for World Arthritis Day that were entered into our 2012 Waving for World Arthritis Day campaign. Waving is a small physical activity, but represents a big gesture of support for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. You can click on any picture to enlarge it, or sort by date, country, or pictures and videos.

A big thank you to everyone who joined our campaign and waved for World Arthritis Day.

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People supported our campaign

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