World Arthritis Day (WAD) was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is a global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMDs). WAD is celebrated every year on October 12th and is supported by a year-round global campaign.
The aims of WAD, set by EULAR, PARE (the Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe) and the WAD community are:
- To raise awareness of RMDs amongst the medical community, people with RMDs and the general public.
- To influence public policy on making decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs and the steps which can be taken to ease it.
- To ensure all people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of the vast support network available to them.
This year, WAD is hosting the “Future in your Hands” campaign. Share your #WADStory for World Arthritis Day 2016. People with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases are taking action everyday to live their lives to the fullest. Help inspire and educate others around the world about these diseases.
To take part, share your personal story, alongside an image or Instagram video that includes your hands. If you want to share your story on social media, please use the hashtag #WADStory. To learn more about the campaign, read other patient’s stories, or submit your own #WADStory, click here.