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To mark the World Arthritis Day, the European Alliance of Associations, EULAR, follows four people from different European countries on their daily journey in the working world. Addressing challenges and how to find solutions to problems is part of the everyday life of the four individuals, who each suffer from the devastating effects of different rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Join them and be inspired from both the employee and employer perspective.


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EULAR Campaign Don’t Delay, Connect Today – Time2Work: World Arthritis Day 2019 highlights the importance of employer support for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

With early diagnosis and proper treatment, people living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) worldwide can contribute fully as members of the workforce through long careers.

For the World Arthritis Day 2019, the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology, EULAR, was emphasising the importance of supportive employer and company policies to enable the professional success of hundreds of millions of people with RMDs worldwide.

RMDs affect people of all ages and include more than 200 conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. They are among the main causes of physical disability and keep an estimated one million Europeans out of work every day, and millions more globally, representing substantial productivity costs for companies and society.

While some RMDs are long term and worsen over time, many can be effectively managed through early intervention, minimising symptoms and an improved working environment for those with the conditions. Delays in treatment, however, can result in significant disability, including irreversible damage to joints, tissues and organs, as well as decreased life expectancy.

"Employers can support the well-being of people with RMDs; work is a critical part of building self-esteem and it’s a tragedy that so much talent is lost from the workforce," said Professor Iain McInnes, President of EULAR and Chair of the International League Against Rheumatism (ILAR).

In many of the 73 countries of the Asia-Pacific region, where 70% of the world's population lives, the number of rheumatology specialists is not sufficient to meet needs. "We are working to expand access of people with RMDs to evidence-based treatment," said Professor Syed Atiqul Haq, President of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology, APLAR. "The best strategy for all people with RMDs is to obtain care from a specialist as soon as possible."

"Our primary message on World Arthritis Day is one of hope," said Dr. Enrique R. Soriano, President of the Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology, PANLAR. "Contrary to what people often think, RMDs can be very effectively managed. Rheumatology specialists can draw upon many effective therapies and treatment strategies, while new therapies are under development."


About Don't Delay, Connect Today

Don’t Delay, Connect Today is a EULAR initiative that unites the voices of its three pillars, patient (PARE) organisations, scientific member societies and health professional associations – as well as its international network – with the goal of highlighting the importance of early diagnosis and access to treatment. In the European Union alone, over 120 million people are currently living with a rheumatic disease (RMD), with many cases undetected. The Don’t Delay, Connect Today campaign aims to highlight that early diagnosis of RMDs and access to treatment can prevent further damage, and reduce the burden on individuals and society. The theme for 2019/2020 is Time2Work.


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