Activities in 2018
The Don’t Delay, Connect Today campaign was implemented in Malta through a series of activities within 2018 culminating on 12 October 2018. The activities were organised by the Arthritis and Rheumatism Association in Malta (ARAM) in coordination with the Malta College of Family doctors, with Malta Rheumatologist Association, Malta Health Network and Malta Health Allied Professionals.
They were organised on TV and radio Health programmes and road shows in the villages of Malta to create awareness amongst the general public and patients about the importance of early referral to the doctors on rheumatic diseases. A series of 5 e-learning videos addressing people with RMDs and the public were produced and also two articles were written by rheumatologists on the topic in the media.
Malta College of Family Doctors conducted a short course on Rheumatology in Primary care from September to December 2018. VIPs stakeholders were involved in the activities like Prof Andrew Borg, Minister of Health – Mr Chris Fearne, Ms Sina Bugeja also from the Ministry of Health.
Don't Delay, Connect Today Campaign
The aims of the campaign are to empower family doctors to ask for symptoms and listen to patients’ complaints in relation to rheumatic disorders, they need to evaluate all the early clinical signs and symptoms to pick the right patient for early referral.
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