International League of Associations for Rheumatology


Arthrocentesis Workshop in Jamaica ILARThe International League of Associations for Rheumatology’s mission is to advance rheumatology in developing countries. The ILAR Executive Committee consists of the Presidents and Presidents-Elect of ACR, EULAR, PANLAR, APLAR and AFLAR. The collaboration of the leaders of these international organizations has resulted in a renewed commitment to provide grants to support programs that lead to progress in the practice and education of rheumatology in countries where there is an exceptional need.

The ILAR Grants Program, a funding initiative, was developed in response to the growing need for global advancements in rheumatology. Since 2008 ILAR has donated over a million dollars to fund 50+ Projects Worldwide. See projects from previous years >

The International League of Associations for Rheumatology would like to thank AbbVie for their generous support of ILAR 2016.


2017 ILAR Project Recipients

Location: 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.

Location: 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.

Location: 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.

Location: Ghana

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.

Location: Lebanon

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.

Location: Sri Lanka

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


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