The Following are the Roles of TMF
- To provide support to patients and their families. The support could be all round and or, depending on the needs of the patient. It could be medical expenses-check up fees, physiotherapy costs, donating medicines to the patients, offering psychological support.
- To help in giving better understanding of their illnesses to the patients and their families. This is because, for one, this is a rare medical condition and seems strange to many, therefore, coming to terms with it is a huge task.
- To relieve the isolation felt by individuals when a rare illness such as these ones (dermatomyositis, polymyositis, inclusion body myositis, juvenile myositis, or connective tissue disorders) is diagnosed
- To guide patients in the right direction for treatment. This is because there are few specialists (rheumatologists and neurologists) around who can create enough time for patients and sharing of crucial information with regards to treatment is vital to management of these conditions. Patients also respond differently to the medicines, therefore this will provide a platform to discuss and recommend what works well.
- To raise awareness of these conditions. People need to know about these conditions. We can no longer live in ignorance and this can help in reducing misdiagnosis hence preventing delays in late treatment that proves to be ones life line.
- To raise funds to promote research. This is crucial for future treatment and best treatments to be administered or used by the patients.
- To promote the general welfare of its members and activities.
- To create mutual and friendly relations among its members hence a strong support group.
- To assist members in contributing to the education of the members and their families on how to deal with loved once who have these conditions.