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World Arthritis Day aims to raise awareness about arthritis, its early diagnosis, prevention, and accessible treatment options. It encourages the participation of healthcare professionals, patients, support groups, and the general public in raising knowledge and understanding of this debilitating disease. The day educates people about the importance of timely intervention and the role of a healthy lifestyle in maintaining joint health, ultimately improving the quality of life for people living with arthritis.
The origin of World Arthritis Day can be traced back to 1996 when it was first initiated by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI). In India, arthritis affects an estimated 15% of the country's population, causing significant disability, loss of productivity, and reduced quality of life. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis are some of the common forms of the disease affecting Indians. The impact of arthritis in India is aggravated by limited access to healthcare facilities, lack of awareness, and delayed diagnosis, which emphasizes the need for Observances like World Arthritis Day.
Various activities are organized to mark World Arthritis Day, including awareness campaigns, seminars, and workshops featuring medical experts, patient support groups, and people living with arthritis. These events focus on disseminating updated information on various aspects of arthritis, such as prevention, early diagnosis, and the latest treatment options available. Social media campaigns and collaborations with popular celebrities are also used to amplify the message and reach a larger audience. World Arthritis Day is observed annually on October 12th.
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