A Journey of Hope: The Tale of OAFI’s Osteoarthritis Odyssey


Once upon a time, in healthcare, there was an odyssey, a silent struggle, a battle fought not with swords and shields, but with courage, resilience and unwavering determination. It was the story of the Osteoartritis (OA), an implacable adversary that haunted the lives of millions and cast shadows of pain and despair across the country.

Amidst the darkness, there shone a beacon of hope: the Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI). In its hallowed halls, a group of dedicated souls embarked on a noble mission: to unravel the mysteries of osteoarthritis and forge paths to healing for those who dared to dream of a better tomorrow.

The beginning of time, the odyssey

The journey began with the humblest of offerings: a handful of coins, a whispered prayer, a silent vow to fight together against the tide of suffering. These were the donations that brought OAFI’s mission to life, stoking the fires of innovation and igniting the flames of possibility that burned in the hearts of all who called the foundation home.

Over the seasons and the years, OAFI’s research and development (R&D) activities have blossomed like flowers in spring, each petal a testament to the tireless dedication of its promoters. With each donation that entered its coffers, OAFI’s reach broadened, and its impact deepened with each passing day.

In the hallowed halls of OAFI’s laboratories, miracles were born, not of magic, but of sweat, tears and the boundless spirit of human ingenuity. Researchers worked tirelessly, guided by a single purpose: to unlock the secrets of OA and pave the way for a future free from its clutches.

Through the lens of the R+D, OAFI painted portraits of hope: visions of personalised care tailored to each individual’s unique needs, dreams of early detection and prevention that banished the spectre of OA before it could take root. With each new discovery, patients found comfort in knowing that they were not alone in their struggle, that there was a community of kindred spirits ready to support them on their journey to healing.

But the road was not without its trials. Throughout this odyssey, OAFI faced the adversaries of its own challenges that tested the resolve of its champions and threatened to derail their quest. However, with the strong support of donors near and far, OAFI pressed on, undeterred by the shadows lurking on the horizon.

The best of treasures, hope

In the end, it was not the battles won or the enemies vanquished that defined OAFI’s legacy, but the lives touched, hearts healed and dreams realised through its unwavering dedication to the cause. As the sun set another day, OAFI stood as a beacon of hope, a testament to the power of compassion, community and the indomitable human spirit to overcome even the greatest challenges.

And so continued the story of OAFI’s osteoarthritis odyssey, a story of courage, resilience and the enduring power of hope to light the way through even the darkest of nights.


Tale by Lin, Sheng Jie

Science, Research and Innovation

Photo by Dzmitry Tselabionak on Unsplash

OSTEOARTHRITIS FOUNDATION INTERNATIONALFUNDACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE PACIENTES CON ARTROSIS is a national and international non-profit organisation based in Barcelona, whose main mission is to promote the rights and responsibilities of people suffering from diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, sarcopenia and other osteoarticular pathologies.

Remember that if you have a joint condition, or know someone who does, we encourage you to join OAFI and/or AECOSAR through our websites or by calling the contact telephone number:

  • AECOSAR 0034) 914312258
  • OAFI 0034) 931594015