Dr Akerkar

Patient Leader

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a painful & disabling arthritis. It is plagued by a diagnostic delay of 5-6 years & consequent disability. As a rheumatologist, I realized that half the suffering in AS can be prevented by reducing this diagnostic delay by raising awareness about AS & by empowering AS warriors with the right information. That is how StandForAS was born. We raise awareness physically as well as digitally. StandForAS FB page has been spreading awareness for almost 2 years. We now have a new video every week since February to discuss various medical issues related to AS. I aim to empower warriors with correct medical information & help them achieve conquest over AS.


Mumbai, 16


Best in Show: Facebook


Advocating for Another

Best in Mumbai  — Amol

Past Awards Participation

Third Annual Health Activist Awards


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Dr Akerkar

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