World Osteoporosis Day


What is World Osteoporosis Day?

World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.

History of World Osteoporosis Day

The concept for World Osteoporosis Day started with a campaign launched by the United Kingdom's National Osteoporosis Society and supported by European Commission on October 20, 1996. Since 1998, the day has been organized by IOF, and in both 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day. Since 1999, World Osteoporosis Day campaigns have featured a specific theme.

How to get involved

Visit the Get Involved section of this website and find out more about what you can do on World Osteoporosis Day.

Our Supporters

The World Osteoporosis Day annual campaign is a global success due to the unrestricted grants our Official Partners offer to support our campaign resources and activities.