• Differentiating degenerative arthritis from autoimmune & autoinflammatory arthritis

  • Incorporating the patient voice in research

  • Education, advocacy & research efforts that lead to early detection, referrals, diagnosis, & treatment to prevent permanent, irreversible damage & disability

  • Access to treatments 

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September 7th, 2017

Due to leadership illness challenges, as of September 7th, 2017, the International Still's Disease Foundation (ISDF) dissolved and found a new home for all their resources under the IFAA!  Learn more

IFAA is a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit. Review our work  HERE

real patients,

real issues,

real solutions.

Why do we focus on these specific diseases?
There are well over 100 diseases that are autoimmune and/or autoinflammatory, and these diseases often present with symptoms that include fatigue, fevers, brain fog, tissue pain, and a general feeling of being unwell.  However, only a couple dozen autoimmune/autoinflammatory diseases also include inflammatory induced arthritis as a major disease component.  One of the reasons IFAA started was because, as patients ourselves, we recognized not only similarities between these diseases, regardless of diagnosis, but we saw patient after patient getting dual diagnoses, re-diagnosed, diagnosis taken away - you name it, we saw it.  This led many of us to experience delays in detection, referrals, diagnosis, and treatments. We strongly felt if we grouped together these "like" diseases to create a subset to focus on, then collaborated with the nonprofits who specialize in each individual disease (our Global Network philosophy), we could help patients get the care and medical attention they deserve.    Read more


IFAA (pronounced I-F-A-​A) is an International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory diseases with Arthritis as a major component.

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what does ifaa do?

The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis is ranked a Gold Level Participant with GuideStar.

We are not representing the patient voice, we are the patient voice.  

​​IFAA (pronounced I-F-A-A) is an AWARD-WINNING, global nonprofit focusing on autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases with arthritis as a major component. 

As patients ourselves, we understand the community issues that need to be addressed; as current and former educators, business professionals, and students of research protocol, we understand how to develop and implement solutions.  But every project we take on has one common thread - it is based on what the patient community reports they want most.