Osteoarthritis is going to be one of the most important causes of locomotor disability this century. With the twin risk factors of rising obesity and an ageing population, this problem will be an enormous burden on society. It will consume enormous amounts of an affluent nation’s budget and potentially stifle poor nations. The needs are great and when one looks at the figures and that which looms ahead, the task is daunting indeed.
At the APLAR scientific meeting in Hong Kong in 2010, a group of us decided that it was time to get together and start a dialogue. We felt the need to raise the profile of Osteoarthritis and get people to act on it. In October 2011, the first Asia OA conference was hosted in Singapore. In this gathering of health professionals, general public and health administrators, we had meaningful discussions on the subject. The Asia OA network was formed to raise awareness, to rally stakeholders to take positive steps to combat this epidemic. We wish to encourage collaborative research in the region and share experiences amongst ourselves. It is hoped that this exchange of ideas and ideals will generate positive action in Asia and benefit most, those suffering from this disabling condition.
A/Prof Keith Lim