Arthritis Kids South Africa was started by Diane Crossman in 2009. Di’s daughter had just been diagnosed with JIA and she found herself needing more information about the disease and wanting contact with parents in similar circumstances. By 2016, having invested thousands of hours into supporting parents and advocating for children with arthritis, Di and her crew, which by then included her daughter, were ready to take a break.
The Arthritis Foundation of South Africa is the only body in our country providing non-medical support for arthritis patients, their families and carers. To do this we are involved in a wide range of education and support programmes, in providing access to information about these diseases, and by advocating the interests of people with arthritis in government, medical and media circles.