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Apni Jung

Apni Jung (translates to “Our Fight” in Hindi) is an initiative that aims to engage with RA patients within the UK South Asian community – encouraging them not just to seek medical help for their condition but also to gain an understanding about RA and the benefits of continuing to take prescribed medication to improve outcomes.

RA and COVID-19 Guidance (Punjabi)

Do you or someone you know have RA? Monica (Rheumatologist) and Kanta (Lecturer) talking about the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

Apni Jung translates to ‘Our Fight’ in Hindi, against rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

For some time now NRAS and our Health Professional Medical Advisor in this field, Dr Kanta Kumar, (Lecturer at Birmingham University and Researcher at The Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, Manchester Royal Infirmary), have wanted to be able to provide a tailored service and support for the UK South Asian population. One of our long term strategic aims is to make our services more visible, relevant and accessible to those who need us most, particularly those communities who, for reasons of language, culture and/or health literacy skills may be less able to negotiate about their healthcare needs or successfully navigate the health system. Our Apni Jung project is launching to coincide with the 2016 British Society for Rheumatology annual congress and we shall be presenting about this project at this year’s conference.

A real challenge for health professionals treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from minority backgrounds is finding a way to help those who don’t speak English as a first language and who may even have low literacy skills in terms of written materials in their own language, get access to high quality educational materials on their condition. We are for the first time providing a new web area with information about RA and its treatment in a combination of Hindi and Urdu.

This web area will also include video clips of Asian patients talking about their experiences so that those who don’t read their mother tongue can feel supported and less isolated. NRAS knows from the extensive experience of running peer to peer support programmes just how beneficial this kind of peer support can be. We hope that all rheumatology health professionals treating people with RA from the South Asian communities in the UK will sign-post their patients to this website. In future, we hope to be able to find and train suitable volunteers who speak fluent English and Hindi, Urdu and/or Punjabi to provide links into and peer support for these communities. For further information, please contact us at apnijung@nras.org.uk.

Please check out our COVID-19 and RA section here.

We also urge you to watch our latest video on the importance of COVID-19 vaccination in Punjabi – scroll further below.

Scroll to the bottom of this website and look for the ‘Hindi (हिन्दी)’ button towards the right.

Download the Advisory Board leaflet here.

This video explains what rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is in Hindi and how it is possible to move from standard treatment to Biologics. English and Hindi subtitles supported.

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