To achieve a better life for all those affected with arthritis.
To enable those with arthritis to live a valuable life in all its dimensions through increasing awareness, providing education and offering support.
The Arthritis Foundation of South Africa is the only body in our country providing non-medical support for arthritis patients, their families and carers. To do this we are involved in a wide range of education and support programmes, in providing access to information about these diseases, and by advocating the interests of people with arthritis in government, medical and media circles.
The services we perform therefore fall quite naturally into certain categories:
Together with correct medical treatment, having the confidence to take personal control of your illness, has been shown many times to be the most important factor in restoring quality of life for people with arthritis. Therefore, in everything we do, we put the emphasis on building the individual's capacity for managing their own disease.
We run a number of educational programmes:
By raising public awareness through the print and electronic media we aim to both educate the public about arthritis and raise the pressure on government and medical schemes to take a greater role in dealing with the treatment and costs of arthritis.
We advocate people-centred policies on arthritis in government, medical and media circles and do so by meeting with stakeholders, obtaining media publicity and being part of policy-making committees. At the same time we have to work hard to overcome the lack of knowledge about arthritis which exists for the most part among such groups. We are involved in several advocacy groups and we need your support, whether in principle or through getting involved. If you are interested in advocating the interests of people with arthritis, or are the victim of inadequate treatment, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or you may use our contact form found on the contact page. Many thousands of people with arthritis in South Africa are untreated, as they never get anywhere near the professional medical system and of those who do, few obtain the correct treatment due to the extreme shortage of rheumatologists in the public and private healthcare sectors. These people can receive help and advice from the Arthritis Foundation.
The work of the Foundation is an important adjunct to the professional services provided by doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and the like. Their contact time with patients is limited and their focus may be on only one aspect of patients’ problems. By referring patients to the Foundation the medical profession can ensure that patients are able to access ongoing support in all aspects of their lives.
Funding - we are entirely privately funded, dependent solely on private sources:
Benefits of Membership are:
The National Office is in Cape Town and supports branches in Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Bloemfontein in the Free State, as well as in Cape Town and the Helderberg in the Western Cape.