Rheumatology for All’s mission is to increase access to rheumatology care in under-resourced regions. Our aim is to create self-sustaining rheumatology training programs by funding the education of local physicians to become rheumatologists and providing educational programs for local physicians.

The Challenge

Millions of people throughout the world cannot get professional care for painful and debilitating rheumatic diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, etc.
Why does this matter? Without treatment people suffer pain, disability and possibly death. Rheumatic diseases are most common in young women but everyone from young children to the elderly can be affected.

The Solution

Educate local medical students, doctors in training and healthcare professionals so that rheumatology healthcare is continuously renewed with tomorrow’s health leaders

What's Happening?

Spring 2024 Rheumatology for All Update

Dr. Yewondwossen receives Lifetime Merit Award Rheumatology for All (RFA) is delighted to announce that one of our esteemed founding members, Dr. Yewondwossen, has been honored with a prestigious Lifetime Merit Award by the Ethiopian Medical Association in the presence of the Health Minister. This award stands as a pinnacle of recognition within the medical… Read More »

Spring 2023 Rheumatology for All (RFA) visits Rwanda

In 2020, several members of the board of RFA had planned to visit the University of Kigali Medical School in Rwanda to provide teaching in rheumatology. Unfortunately, they were unable to travel due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the travel restrictions, RFA developed a 16-week virtual rheumatology program for internal medicine residents.… Read More »

We are so proud: Recognition of Excellence in Rheumatology

Rheumatology for All (RFA) is thrilled!  Becky and Birhanu, who RFA recently sponsored for fellowship training in rheumatology, after only two years back in Ethiopia, have won the Recognition of Excellence award at Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  This award is given by the outgoing group of medical residents in recognition to the best… Read More »

Fall 2022 Update

There is a worldwide shortage of rheumatologists that is especially critical in low/middle income countries. As a result, rheumatology care in these countries is often provided by non-rheumatology clinicians.  Rheumatology for All has successfully sponsored two Ethiopian physicians for fellowship training in rheumatology.  They are currently providing care for patients in Ethiopia and just as… Read More »

Global Facts

  • Africa is presently home to 1.2 billion people, 16% of the world’s population.
  • Africa has only 2.7 physicians per 10,000 population, compared to 5.9 in South East Asia, 12.7 in the eastern Mediterranean, 15.5 in the western Pacific, 21.5 in the Americas, and 32.1 in the European region .
  •  Minimal research on rheumatic disorders is  done as most African countries lack national agencies responsible for funding and conducting medical research.
  • Urbanization has resulted in an increase in the prevalence of gout, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma over the past four decades.
  • According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease survey, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases are the second leading cause of disability. worldwide.


Afomia Needs Our Help

If she cannot go to school, she will not be a wage earner.

“My name is Afomia Hailu I am a 23 year old girl. I graduated in civil engineering with 2.60GPA. I live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and I’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and started taking medications NSAIDS like prednisolone but as you know there are no practicing rheumatologists in my country. I’ve been to many doctors including a neurologist and I seem to be getting worse and I have run out of options. I need your help to get treated by a rheumatologist. I hope I hear from you soon I will be waiting for your email. Thank you.”

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