South Africa

Ankylosing spondylitis society in South Africa:

Ankylosing Spondylitis South Africa
Founded in 2017


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The True Spirit of Ubuntu


“ a quality that includes the essential human virtues: compassion and humanity”

South Africa is a unique country, with 11 official languages and many different cultures.  The same can be said for our unique closed group of AS survivors. With a growth of 50 members per year, we are predicting the same numbers for the future. We stand proud and tall with 243 members at present.  South Africa is a large country and with infrastructure that is, in most cases not First World. This makes our reach so much more special, as our platform is available to all AS survivors.

What started as a social media page that reached out to AS survivors in South Africa, has now become a established platform where we are able to talk, ask for advice, post information, but most importantly – provide a stage where they can be themselves. We found that the closed platform makes everyone feel safe about asking questions they would not normally vocalize.  We have also issued our first newsletter, and we have several members writing articles and making contributions.

Compassion and Humanity is so true in the world of Auto Immune diseases, and as we come in contact with more and more survivors, we realize- we lack that most with ourselves. To be gentle and kind to yourself is probably the most important medicine.

We are extremely honored to be associated with ASIF and we look making our world bigger and reaching out to other countries.


Warm Africa Greetings

Maranda van Dam

Chairperson- Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of South Africa