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Report on Osteoporosis in the European Community. Action for Prevention

Report on Osteoporosis in the European Community. Action for Prevention

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Report on Osteoporosis in the European Community

Dr. Caroline Jackson, Member of the European Parliment

"I would like to express my strong admiration for those committed individuals campaigning for better awareness of osteoporosis."

Dr. Caroline Jackson, Member of the European Parliment

The collaboration of the European Commission (EC) and IOF began in 1997 with working group meetings of experts on osteoporosis, many of whom are members of IOF, and culminated with the launch of the "Report on Osteoporosis in the European Community. Action for Prevention" in June 1998 (see full scientific report, left). The Full Report can be downloaded here in English (see box) or ordered in print in all EU languages. The EC provided essential financial and practical support for the production, launch and dissemination of materials to promote the recommendations contained in the report and the European Parliament (EP) played a key role in initiating the report. The EP also provided the venue with full translation and chaired the highly successful report launch meeting and press conference. For information about the event, see IOF Annual Report 1998.

Because of this strong support – and the dedicated work of people in many countries – the EU Report has had a very high initial impact as measured by media response, references to the report at meetings and in publications and government action at national level.

Launch Meeting Dr. André Prost, WHO
Mr. Padraig Flynn, Member of the European Commission
Mrs. Mel Read, Member of the European Parliament
at the launch of the Report in 1998.

"Osteoporosis is being put on the political agenda as a health issue where European collaboration can make a real difference to the quality of life of thousands of people". Dr. Caroline Jackson, Member of the European Parliament, whose mother died from complications of osteoporosis.

"For me the most important message that arises from this report is not that osteoporosis is serious, widespread and expensive. We know that. The message I take away is that it can be diagnosed relatively easily, it can be prevented through making informed health decisions, and it can be treated and managed through relatively simple medications and interventions." Mr. Padraig Flynn, Member of the European Commission.

* Source: Summary Report on Osteoporosis in the European Community – Action for Prevention, © European Communities/European Foundation for Osteoporosis (EFFO – now IOF), 1998.

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