BJD-INDIA: NAN. 2006 BELONGED TO MEASURING THE BURDEN OF MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS. BJD ANNUAL WORLD NETWORK CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 3-4,2006, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA. TWO MAJOR PROJECTS THAT WERE COMPLETED IN THE YEAR WERE:-
2006 BELONGED TO MEASURING THE BURDEN OF MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS.
BJD ANNUAL WORLD NETWORK CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 3-4,2006, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
TWO MAJOR PROJECTS THAT WERE COMPLETED IN THE YEAR WERE:-
‘Urban surveys for MSK, using the WHO-ILAR COPCORD (community oriented program for control of rheumatic diseases) Bhigwan Model, were completed in Pune, Jammu & Chennai’ . Data presented in several conferences - ACR 2005, BJD WORLD NETWORK CONFERENCE 2005, APLAR 2006 AND SEVERAL BJD INDIA NAN CME. The Delhi and Kolkata surveys are ongoing.
272 children suffering from Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) were evaluated in detail to validate the recent ILAR classification criteria. This data was presented at the APLAR Congress 2006.
Patient Awareness, Education and Empowerment are components of the ongoing BJD India Population Surveys. Several focused Sessions were held in the Activity Week 2005. ‘Meet The Patient’ and free of cost Medical Camps continued as special events. Dr. Hans Rasker (The Netherlands) and Dr. Ross Petty (Canada) actively participated in special medical camps held in Pune region to provide free diagnosis, therapy guidance and health education.
Indian Council Medical Research, the apex research body in India, organized a task force on rheumatic musculoskeletal disorders and osteoporosis- several BJD India members were invited to join. Dr Arvind Chopra, Secretary, BJD India was made the chairman. Director General Health Services, Government of India, has sanctioned a Govt funded national project to gather further population data.