A doctoral student at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, Vivek Baliga devotes his time and resources to several philanthropic endeavors. In addition to volunteering to help stop the spread of malaria, Vivek Baliga contributes to a number of charities and nonprofits, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital, ISKON, and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).
Established in 2001, the NRAS provides advocacy and support for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) through its helpline, self-management programs, and collaborative work with various individuals and organizations around the United Kingdom. An example of the type of projects and campaigns spearheaded by the NRAS is the society’s coalition building Responsibility Deal, which was published last October on World Arthritis Day.
The Responsibility Deal is a series of pledges that anyone connected to RA, including patients, healthcare professionals, and policymakers, can commit to in support of the NRAS’ efforts to raise awareness of RA, improve access to services and medicine, and empower individuals to take responsibility for the care and management of their arthritis. Emphasizing the need to work together, the Responsibility Deal uses simple language to lay out achievable and sensible principles that all individuals and groups involved with RA can use to help improve the quality of life for those with the disease.