The Czech League against Rheumatism (CLAR) was founded in 1991 and accepted as a member of EULAR in 1999. Since 2000 CLAR participates in activities within the framework of Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 and of European Manifesto for People with Arthritis/Rheumatism for the third Millennium as well. The central CLAR branch is located in Prague and the second one was instituted recently in Moravia.
Some data characterising the development and activity of CLAR were followed up during last ten years. Thus an increasing number of members of CLAR were noted. This number doubled during the last year, i.e. to 203 persons. The number of issues of the CLAR Bulletin edited every three months increased in the same extent. The interest of patients to participate in rehabilitation and in yoga meditation expanded too/to about 40 patients every week/.
These encouraging facts should be considered as consequence of CLAR activities mentioned above and of enhanced public awareness of rheumatic conditions too.
The majority of CLAR actions are organised with the help of the Institute of Rheumatology in Prague and with the support of pharmaceutical industry.