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 one million dollars to fund over 50 projects worldwide. See projects from previous years.


2018 ILAR Project Recipients

Development of ILAR Recommendations and Guidelines for Post Chikungunya Rheumatism

APLAR / PANLAR – South and SE Asia / Latin America

Project Outcome
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

Project Outcome
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

Project Outcome
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

Project Outcome
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

Project Outcome
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

Project Outcome
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

Project Outcome
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

Project Outcome
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.

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