The Finnish Rheumatism Association was founded in 1947. The Association has 161 local branches and more than 42,000 individual members.
The Finnish Rheumatism Association:
- promotes the prevention of rheumatic and other musculoskeletal diseases and the improvement of treatment and living conditions of those afflicted with the diseases. The association promotes the interests of people suffering from these diseases, supports the work of its local branches and strengthens the social network of those suffering from the disease.
- is a national health organisation and an organisation of the handicapped. It is also a national patient, sports and exercise organisation.
- runs Rehabilitation Institute Apila for rehabilitation and two outpatients´ departments for people with rheumatic diseases. It cooperates with authorities, national and international organisations and gives advice and guidance to people with rheumatic diseases. Various training sessions and seminars are organised annually for representatives of local branches as well as physical education and health care professionals.
- More information of Apila in English, pdf
The website www.reumaliitto.fi offers information on musculoskeletal health and disorders, as well as on the services of the association. At the website you can also find the book, ABC of Rheumatism, in electronic form in Finnish and Swedish. Read more
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