To build a better understanding of patient needs across nations and cultures, the Arthritis Foundation accepted an invitation to become a founding member of a new Osteoarthritis (OA) Task Force this month. The taskforce is an initiative coordinated by the OA Foundation International (OAFI) and the Arthritis Foundation to aid in the prevention and treatment of OA as well as the improvement of patient quality of life.
The new OA Task Force brings together a multi-national group of non-profit organizations to raise awareness of the impact of OA, it’s prevention and treatment.
According to the World Health Organization, at least 15% of all adults over the age of 60 are believed to suffer from OA. That means over 1 billion people worldwide are living with OA.
Ann M. Palmer, our president and CEO, and Guy Eakin, PhD, our senior vice president of scientific strategy, participated in the inaugural meeting in Spain this week.
“We look forward to working together with other OA Task Force members to promote prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis, as well as efforts to improve the quality of life of osteoarthritis patients,” Ann says.
We are honored and excited to be a part of such an important initiative and we’re looking forward to working with the task force members to and patients worldwide!