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
There is a worldwide shortage of rheumatologists that is especially critical in low/middle income countries. As a result, rheumatology care in these countries is often provided by non-rheumatology clinicians. Rheumatology for All has successfully sponsored two Ethiopian physicians for fellowship training in rheumatology. They are currently providing care for patients in Ethiopia and just as… Read More »
RFA is making steady progress as an organization as reflected by our accomplishments. We continue to work towards increasing access to rheumatology care in resource limited areas in Africa by improving rheumatology education. Drs. Birhanu Demelash and Becky Adnugna, two Ethiopian physicians who Rheumatology for All (RFA) sponsored for fellowship training in rheumatology in South… Read More »
Our volunteers and donors are key to our success. Here we share a note written by Paul Caldron, D.O., recently retired from Arizona Arthritis Associates In June 2017, The Rheumatologist published a piece related to the dearth of rheumatology services in African countries and included reference to the experiences of Michele Meltzer, MD in Ethiopia… Read More »
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 »
“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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