Millions of people throughout the world cannot get professional care for painful and debilitating rheumatic diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, etc.
Why does this matter? Without treatment people suffer pain, disability and possibly death. Rheumatic diseases are most common in young women but everyone from young children to the elderly can be affected.
Educate local medical students, doctors in training and healthcare professionals so that rheumatology healthcare is continuously renewed with tomorrow’s health leaders
Our mission to increase access to rheumatology care in resource-limited areas has taken a huge leap forward: Becky Adugna and Birhanu Desyiblelew have completed their rheumatology training in Durbin, South Africa, and have established the first Rheumatology Unit at Tikur Ambessa Hospital in Ethiopia. Next, they plan within a year to strengthen the rheumatology unit… Read More »
TWO BIG DEVELOPMENTS WE ARE PROUD OF: 1.Thanks to Rheumatology for All rheumatology has been recognized for the first time as a medical specialty in Ethiopia. 2. Due to necessity forced by Covid 19 we developed a virtual visiting professor program. This will allow us to continue our work unimpeded. Because of this government recognition,… Read More »
There are many exciting updates to report. Birhanu Desyibelew and Becky Adugna, two Ethiopian physicians we are sponsoring with two-year fellowships in rheumatology in Durban, South Africa, are flourishing. Dr. Girish Mody, the head of the program, is very pleased with their progress. Both Drs. Desyibelew and Adugna attended a conference sponsored by SARAA (South… Read More »
In April 2019, Drs. Meltzer and Hitchon visited Black Lion (Tikur Anbessa) Hospital in Addis Ababa, each for two weeks. This program was a continuation of our visiting professor initiative: introducing rheumatology to medical residents in Ethiopia through an intense four-week program covering didactics, case presentations, in-patient consultations and supervision in a rheumatology clinic. At… Read More »
“My name is Afomia Hailu I am a 23 year old girl. I graduated in civil engineering with 2.60GPA. I live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and started taking medications NSAIDS like prednisolone but as you know there are no practicing rheumatologists in my country. I’ve been to many doctors including a neurologist and I seem to be getting worse and I have run out of options. I need your help to get treated by a rheumatologist. I hope I hear from you soon I will be waiting for your email. Thank you.”
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