The Friends of Arthritis Patients Association at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah has recently concluded the 2nd edition of annual health forum “Steps towards hope”, which aims to raise awareness on arthritis, and provide advice on the ways of its prevention.
The forum’s events this year were held in cooperation with the Social Services Department in Sharjah at the Muwailah District Council, and targeted the residents of the Social Welfare Home hosting a number of medical lectures that focused on arthritis, and the nutritious food that is necessary for healthy bones. The forum also offered free heath tests that benefited both the home’s residents and the people of the district.
Waheeda Abdul Aziz, Head of the Friends of Arthritis Patients Association, stressed that the forum is organized in conjunction with the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness t h e Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. She added that the forum aims to raise awareness on arthritis and its causes and its ways of prevention, in addition to encouraging the practice of sports, and staying away from harmful practices that increase the chances of arthritis.
Abdul Aziz affirmed that the association seeks to enhance healthcare in Sharjah through these community initiatives and activities, and to develop awareness and knowledge on arthritis among the members of the community, in addition to encouraging the members of society to participate in supporting patients and their families by reducing their financial burden and enabling them to better co-exist with Arthritis during their treatment.
The health tests that were offered by the association were met with enthusiasm from the attendees of the forum, and included tests for osteoporosis, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and body mass index. The tests were administered by a group of health specialists and volunteers that work with the association. These volunteers also presented advice and tips on healthy practices and nutrition that helps maintain the health of bones for all members of the community.