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
In 2015 an international group of rheumatologists visited Addis Ababa to provide a series of lectures (continuing medical education to physicians). On that visit, they observed an extreme need to improve access to rheumatology care. In 2016 they formed Rheumatology for All (RFA). Here we share our progress. Why is our work so important? Rheumatic and… Read More »
Here are Becky and Birhanu, arriving in South Africa from Adddis Ababa to begin their rheumatology fellowship sponsored by Rheumatology for All. Their two-year fellowship is comparable to those in Western countries. Becky remarked, “With only 2 weeks, these people have changed our rheumatology perspective in the right direction.”. On completion, Birhanu and Becky will have the skills to… Read More »
We are thrilled to tell you that Birhanu Demelash Desyibelew, MD and Becky Abera Adugna, MD are on the cusp of beginning their two-year fellowship in rheumatology at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. They are enrolled for the January 2019 term. Rheumatology for All could not have found better candidates for our initial class of scholars… 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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