New out of
The infertile coastal sands
of remote Mseleni in Northern Zululand is home to several thousand impoverished
Africans whose plight includes a crippling polyarthritic condition:
Mseleni Joint Disease.
First recognized in 1971,
Mseleni Disease is a slowly progressive degenerative disorder
involving the major joints, notably hips, ankles, shoulders, elbows,
The disease often begins in childhood but is most
commonly found in women of advancing years.
The Third World Medical
Research Foundation aims to sponsor a careful search for
toxin in the Mseleni peoples' environment that is expected to yield
vital information about the cause of this neglected crippling
Time may be running
out. Whilst Mseleni Joint Disease is still all too common, its
prevalence is declining. What may be a common or related cause
between the osteoarthrosis of the Mseleni people and the arthritis
endemic in the West could become lost to research.
Help us act now for the
benefit of both groups.
As little as $100,000 will
cover the costs of TWMRF's initial, crucial field studies.