International League of Associations for Rheumatology

Previous Projects

The ILAR Grants Program supports the growing need for global advancements in rheumatology. Since the program’s inception, ILAR has donated over a million dollars to fund 50+ Projects Worldwide. See previous projects on this page. For the current year’s projects, see Projects.

Development of ILAR Recommendations and Guidelines for Post Chikungunya Rheumatism

APLAR / PANLAR – South and SE Asia / Latin America
Determine the burden and risk factors of post CHIKV rheumatism in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and develop evidence-based recommendations and clinical practice guidelines for acute and chronic CHIKV rheumatism in resource-poor settings.

Web Based Rheumatological Training for Health Professionals and Patient Education on Disease in Rural-Urban Nepal

APLAR – Nepal
Health care workers will be able to identify early manifestation of disease. Health care workers will be able to intervene early. Increase awareness of rheumatological disease in the community. Empower patients with rheumatological disease to identify problems.

Prevalence of Rheumatic Diseases in Aboriginal Brazilians

PANLAR – Brazil
Health care workers will diagnose rheumatic diseases according to the American College of Rheumatology Classification Criteria. Once the diagnosis is established, they will be computed to define the prevalence rate. The rheumatologist will be responsible to assess the diagnosis frequency. Secondary outcomes will be the number of human resources identified to design the allocation strategy to supply the community’s needs. The human resources will be identified assessing the regional professional registries.

Chikungunya: Preventing and Treating an Epidemic Rheumatic Disease

PANLAR – Brazil
Increase the knowledge of health professionals, academics, and the population about ways to prevent the transmission of CHIKV by the mosquito vector. Encourage the formation of Academic Leagues of Rheumatology in university and the formation of nuclei for the study of CHIKF. Inform and train public managers about the need for investments in CHIKF prevention and treatment measures. Encourage clinical trials on the treatment of CHIKF chronic rheumatic disease. Promote rheumatology in public and global health. Disseminate current knowledge on the management of CHIKF.

Rheumatology Education and Training Program for Non-Specialist Clinicians in Lagos, Nigeria

AFLAR – Nigeria
Improve non-specialist physician confidence in the screening, diagnosis, and management of common rheumatology conditions in West Africa and enhance awareness of rheumatology specialty training through clinic and lecture learning. Improve non-specialist physician ability in the screening, diagnosis, and management of common rheumatology conditions in West Africa through clinic and lecture learning. Roll out education program to other secondary care centers in West Africa with a focus on orthopedic and HIV treatment units. Change routine biannual clinical assessment to include questions pertaining to MSK symptoms. Improve rheumatology care for large HIV seropositive cohort in West Africa by establishing a new rheumatology clinic. Raise awareness of rheumatology disease and training in West Africa during the National Conference Plenary Session.

Empowering Family Physicians: Fighting Disability

APLAR – Pakistan
Spread rheumatology education across the country by participants trained through this initiative. Ensure early recognition and management of rheumatological diseases by primary care physicians scattered across various geographical regions of the country.

Don’t Delay, Connect Today Sri Lanka

APLAR – Sri Lanka
Increase the referral rate to specialty clinics and increase community awareness of rheumatological diseases.

Extension of Rheumatology Education and Practice from a Tertiary Institution to Two Provincial Hospitals in Zambia

AFLAR – Zambia
Set up a rheumatology clinic in two provincial hospitals. Train two rheumatology nurses. Implement training for medical students and junior doctors. Create a database of patients with rheumatic diseases for the two sites. Set up a portal for patient communication with nurses and consultants when the clinic is not in session.

Rheumatology Education and Training Project in Harare, Zimbabwe

This project proposal is for funding to set up a national training program for medical students and post graduate doctors in Zimbabwe by initially setting a rheumatology clinic at Parirenyatwa & Harare Hospitals, Harare. This project proposal is for funding to set up a national training program for medical students and post graduate doctors in Zimbabwe by initially setting a rheumatology clinic at Parirenyatwa & Harare Hospitals, Harare.

Latin-American Center of Health Education for People with Lupus and their Caregivers

Latin America
The overarching goal of this project is to fill the gap of health education that exists for Latin-American patients with lupus and their caregivers, through the creation of educational resources and a social community that guides their learning and responds to their self-management needs.

Interactive Telemonitoring System

Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bolivia
This Remote Telemonitoring (RET) platform will be designed to increase the quality of health services by improving the access and overcoming barriers for distant populations or in geographic isolation. Additionally, it may enable a correct continuity of care, provide an advanced support to rheumatology services through a home assistance, avoid unnecessary costs and provide full education to both rheumatologist and patients.

GLEAMM: Ghanaian Lupus Education and Mobile Monitoring

For SLE patients smartphone-based interventions including quarterly surveys and educational applications, can improve health literacy and resultant disease outcomes as measured by change in damage index and average disease activity scores.

Adaptation of the 2015 ACR RA Guidelines

This project aims to provide clinicians in the Eastern Mediterranean region with recommendations that are both based on the best available evidence and reflective of the local context. This effort will provide a complete set of recommendations tailored to the region and will therefore help improve the clinical practice of rheumatology in this region. It will also provide a model that other developing countries can replicate.

Uniform Record Keeping for Clinical Practice in Rheumatology Clinics

Sri Lanka
The aim of this project is to introduce a uniform record keeping practice for Rheumatology clinics in Sri Lanka.

Web-based educational program for patients with rheumatoid arthritis in Latin America and the Caribbean countries

Location: Latin America and Caribbean Countries

Juvenile Arthritis Management in Less Resourced Countries (JAMLess)

Location: South Africa and other Developing Countries

Rheumatology Clinic for Ebola Survivors in Liberia

Location: Liberia

Development of Guidelines for Using Methotrexate to Treat Rheumatic Diseases in Ethiopia

Location: Ethiopia

ILAR Treatment Recommendations for Psoriatic Arthritis

Location: South America, Central America, Africa

Enhancing undergraduate rheumatology education in Latin America

Location: Latin America

First literature in Macedonian language for patient education on medicines in Rheumatology

Location: Macedonia

COPCORD Katon Rikkos, Jos, Nigeria: Phase 1

Location: Nigeria

Program for the Diffusion of Pediatric Rheumatology (PRONADIRP)

Location: Argentina

Learning Blended Strategy in uncovered region of Colombia for general pediatrician and pediatric residents to early recognition of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Location: Colombia

COPCORD Suriname project: Phase 1

Location: Suriname Project


Location: South Africa

 Enhancement of rheumatology education and practice in under-developed areas of China

Location: China

Rheumatology Training Program in Haiti

Location: Haiti

Rheumatoid Arthritis Intense Nurse-Led Treatment Project (RAIN)

Location: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

Training and Education Programs on Rheumatic Diseases for Primary Care Physicians and Residents in the Rural Area of China

Location: China

Developing community based rehabilitation programs for musculoskeletal diseases in low-income areas of Mexico (CONCORD)

Location: Mexico

Collaborative Enhancement of Rheumatology Services within Cambodia: A joint effort of APLAR and rheumatologists of the Australian Rheumatology Association with clinicians of Cambodia

Location: Cambodia

Enhancement of Paediatric and Adult Rheumatology Education and Practice (EPAREP 2) at a Tertiary Hospital and Teaching Institution in Zambia (Phase 2)

Location: Zambia

UWEZO II: Community health Provider Training and Patient Self-Management to Meet the Musculoskeletal Health Needs in Kenyan Communities and Other Low Resource Countries

Location: United Kingdom

Building Capacity to Address Rheumatic Conditions in Cambodia

Location: Switzerland

Network for Early Diagnosis and Management of Arthritis: an Initiative Involving Primary and Tertiary Public Health Care Centers in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Location: Brazil

Improvement of Awareness, Treatment and Control of Hyperuricemia in a Rural Village of China

Location: China

Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program in the Department of Rheumatology, Cho Ray Hospital, for the Internists from the Provincial Hospital in Southern Vietnam

Location: Vietnam

Training of Primary Care Physicians in Rheumatic Diseases

Location: Brazil

Southern Hemisphere Educational Partnership for Paediatric Arthritis and Rheumatological Diseases (SHEPPARD)

Location: Argentina and South Africa

Training in Musculoskeletal Conditions- Meeting the Needs of Patients and Providers in Kenyan Communities

Location: Kenya

New COPCORD Site in Nairobi, Kenya

Location: Kenya

The International League of Associations for Rheumatology wishes to thank MSD for their support of these projects selected to advance rheumatology in developing countries.

Towards the Development of Asia-Pacific Pediatric Rheumatology Research and Education Network (AsPREN)

Location: Asia-Pacific

Enhancement of Paediatric and Adult Rheumatology Education and Practice (EPAREP) at a Tertiary Hospital and Teaching Institution in Zambia

Location: Zambia

Rheumatology Super Specialty Training (Fellowship) for Dr. Sharath Kumar at ISIC Superspecialty Hospital

Location: India

Improving Rheumatologic Care and Education in the Republic of Macedonia – Creating a Model for Rheumatologic Education and Care in a Developing Country

Location: Macedonia

EducAR (Educacion en Artritis): A Spanish Web Page for Continuous Medical Education in Autoimmunity and Rheumatology

Location: Argentina

The International League of Associations for Rheumatology wishes to thank Pfizer Inc. and MSD for their support of these projects selected to advance rheumatology in developing countries.

WHO ILAR COPCORD Repository – Creation and Maintenance

Location: India

The ILAR-East Africa Initiative – Second Year

Location: Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Training in Pediatric Rheumatology: A Proposal for Latin America

Location: Latin America

Rheumatology Fellowship for Nine Months for Dr. Paul Etau Ekwom from Kenya at a National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya

Location: Kenya

Reinstatement of Clinical Anatomy as a Basic Knowledge for the Rheumatologist in Latin America

Location: Mexico

Applied Rheumatology Made Simple (ARMS) Program for Primary Care Physicians

Location: Philippines

National Study to Estimate Prevalence, Burden of Illness and Help Seeking Behavior in Lebanon

Location: Lebanon

Establishing a National Registry for Rheumatoid Arthritis in FYR Macedonia

Location: Macedonia

Athrocentesis Workshop

Location: Jamaica
Program Manager: Maria Louise Barilla-Labarca

REUMASEM (Reumatología Solidaria España-Marruecos)

Location: Morocco

Early Arthritis in America: Improving Early Referral and Knowing the Outcome

Location: Uruguay

Comprehensive Care Services for People Living with Arthritis in East Africa

Location: Kenya

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