The 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.
2019 ILAR Grant Project Recipients
Increasing Community Awareness and Early Referral of Arthritis Patients
AFLAR – Peri urban slums of Namuwongo in Kampala, Uganda
By increasing awareness of joint disease, the number of people seeking treatment for joint disease, and the number of people referred for joint diseases at the national referral hospital it is anticipated that people will become more aware about joint diseases and seek medical help early. This will help patients live positively with joint disease and teach them how to care for themselves better hence curbing further morbidity and mortality.
RMDs Public Awareness Program of Georgia
EULAR – Six Regions of Georgia including Tbilisi
The desired outcomes of this project include:
(1) Enhancing the educational properties of PCPs and health professionals about importance of early diagnosis and timely accesses to evidence-based treatment for people with RMDs. (2) Improving patient education regarding their individual needs for optimal diagnosis and management of RMDs. (3) Increasing the of rate of early referral and early diagnosis of RMDs. (4) Reducing the rate of further damage and burden of people with RMDs. (5) Evaluating the distribution of RMDs in Georgia. (6) Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a national strategy of early interventions. (7) Making an impact on the government level to increase availability and access to evidence-based treatment of RMDs. (8) Breaking down the barriers that delay early diagnosis of RMDs.
Educational Network of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Rheumatic Diseases in an Indigenous Argentinean Qom (Toba): Stage III of COPCORD methodology
PANLAR – Provinces of Chaco, Formosa, and Santa Fe Argentina
The desired outcome of this project is to develop, implement, and evaluate an intercultural education program on musculoskeletal diseases and RD (primarily of RA) emphasizing the importance of early detection and consultation with general physicians, and the indigenous people of Qom living in rural and urban areas of the Chaco, Formosa, and Santa Fe provinces. Another desired outcome is to implement a culturally sensitive network between the three different health care systems, working together with their migrant communities.
Patan Academy of Health Sciences Rheumatology Fellowship Program
APLAR – Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Patan Hospital in Lalitpur, Nepal
With the help of this project, we would be able to support the training of two rheumatologists
each year. It will produce two well trained rheumatologists each year who will be rheumatology board certified by the Nepal Medical Council (NMC), which is the regulatory body for medical practice in the country.
Cultural Sensitivity Pharmacotherapeutic Programs of RA Patients from Indigenous Communities of Chiapas: A Strategy for Increased Adherence and Clinical Response to DMARD Treatment
PANLAR – Esquipulas Clinic, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México
This project aims to generate a space within the Esquipulas Clinic to interact with patients and families and establish communication channels through health promoters/translators and health care personnel using visual and interactive (software-based) strategies to educate indigenous patients and health promoters on the disease and therapy characteristics, importance of treatment compliance, and the possible side effects. We consider that pharmacotherapeutic follow up procedures will improve, as this has been demonstrated in other chronic diseases by treatment compliance and disease outcomes, therefore improving the quality of life of indigenous patients with RA with cultural respect.
A Program of Capacity Building for the Provision of Rheumatology in Sub Saharan Africa
AFLAR – Ghana
It is anticipated that the program will improve the leadership and clinical capabilities of physicians. It will enhance rheumatology care across Sub Saharan Africa through education and training of a diverse population of healthcare professionals. Furthermore, it will result in an increased understanding of populations about rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders. Finally, it will create a sustainable workforce to ensure ongoing detection and treatment of rheumatological disorders. The provision of leadership training will enable the participants to gain the skills to be able to pass on their knowledge effectively and create sustainability within the system. Through the enhancement of knowledge and its application, it is expected that patient outcomes will be improved. By allowing public health education, it is expected that self-referral for treatment will increase and conditions be treated earlier.