If you’re reading this, then it’s probably because a child close to you has been diagnosed with a type of juvenile arthritis. Most people are surprised to learn that children can get arthritis, and almost all feel overwhelmed. It’s a lot to take in!
We want to start by assuring you that you are not alone; many South African families are already connected and supporting each other. We also want to remind you that this disease responds well to treatment and can be controlled; many children outgrow it, and many others enjoy long periods of remission.
The information on this website was researched and written by moms of juvenile arthritis patients in consultation with three Johannesburg-based paediatric rheumatologists. We hope to give you a better sense of the world you have entered.