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The WHO Strategy for Osteoporosis

An encouraging sign of top-level interest in osteoporosis is the launch of the World Health Organization's Strategy for Osteoporosis. This aims to improve the diagnosis and care of osteoporosis patients throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on developing countries. In the future it is hoped that this will result in the preparation of a master document on osteoporosis management and prevention, which will be used as the basis for a "Practical Guide for Osteoporosis Management" aimed at primary care physicians throughout the world.

Members of the task force charged with preparing the master document have met periodically since July 1998. In June 1999, they gathered at the headquarters of the WHO in Geneva, where they decided to publish an interim report (PDF, 60 KB) summarising the document's chapters and preliminary recommendations. This appeared in IOF's scientific journal Osteoporosis International in October 1999, to coincide with the World Osteoporosis Day on October 20. Its publication is co-sponsored by WHO and endorsed by the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA.

IOF plays an active role in the launch of the WHO Strategy for Osteoporosis

IOF welcomes the WHO's efforts in taking osteoporosis seriously as a global problem. On the occasion of the official launch of the WHO Strategy, IOF was active as co-organiser of the International Press Conference held on Monday October 11th in Lyon.

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