We in the IOF family are most grateful for this message of support from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall on this World Osteoporosis Day 2020. We know that our members in the Committees of National Societies and Scientific Advisors will be undertaking initiatives and events around the globe. We all take inspiration from your words.
With our sincerest gratitude,
Prof Cyrus Cooper (President); Dr Philippe Halbout (CEO).
Events & Campaigns
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The 2020 Global WOD Campaign
World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), on October 20 each year, marks a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. WOD aims to make osteoporosis and fracture prevention a global health priority by reaching out to health-care professionals, the media, policy makers, patients, and the public at large. The campaign will feature “THAT’S OSTEOPOROSIS” as a headline, highlighting emotionally impactful visuals and stories of real people living with osteoporosis in all regions of the world.
The campaign will emphasize the direct link between osteoporosis (the silent, underlying disease) and broken bones, which have a serious, life-changing impact in terms of pain, disabilityand lost independence. It will also focus on osteoporosis as a ‘family affair’, with family caregivers often carrying the burden of care, and the disease affecting multiple generations of the family.
Key messages of World Osteoporosis Day 2020
- Osteoporosis is the underlying cause of painful, debilitating and life-threatening broken bones – known as fragility fractures.
- Osteoporosis is a growing global problem: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.
- Osteoporosis affects families – family members often bear the burden of care
- If one of your parents had osteoporosis or hip fracture, this may increase your own risk of developing the disease. Take the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check to identify your risk factors.
- At risk? Be sure to request a bone health assessment – take early action for prevention!
- Bone health concerns the entire family - ensure your family maintains a bone healthy lifestyle.
- Advocate! Sign the IOF Global Patient Charter and join us in calling on healthcare providers to close the massive ‘care gap’ which leaves many patients unprotected against a cycle of disabling fractures.
World Osteoporosis Day is a key date in the bone field. It’s an occasion when people around the globe unite to put the spotlight on the immense global burden caused by osteoporosis.