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World Osteoporosis Day
October 20, 2000

National Activities

Argentina

Community

The First Argentinean Lady, Mistress InĂ©s PertinĂ© De La Rua Sociedad Argentina de Osteoporosis (SAO) officially launched their Patient Society during the IV Argentine Osteoporosis Congress, in a community event, called "Invest in your bones". The First Argentinean Lady, Mistress Inés Pertiné De La Rua was announced as the SAO's Patient Society's Honorary President.

A new edition of the Society's brochure, "Patients information", was issued, focusing on the theme "Invest in your bones". This brochure was distributed to the community, to non-governmental organisations, and hospitals.

Free Bone Densitometries were offered.

A free information phone number "0 800 1EL HUESO" was operational all day so that patients could get information about osteoporosis.

Many Community Sessions took place in diverse cities all around the country.

Media

Breakfast, lunch or dinner with milk and cheese were offered to politicians and journalists from TV, radio and newspapers in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza and Rosario. The message to be passed on was "Invest in your bones" and also the importance of World Osteoporosis Day.

An advertisement announcing World Osteoporosis Day appeared in "La Nacion", the country's leading paper.

See poster and Are you at risk questionnaire (PDF, 257 KB) produced by the SAO.

The SAO engaged in an intensive media campaign for WOD 2000, utilizing 20% TV programs, 30% printed articles and 50% radio programs to reach out to the public with information about osteoporosis. Printed articles entitled "The Silent Illness", "Fractures that left tracks", and "A Silent illness that affects women's bones" appeared in various healthcare and general information magazines, such as "Unica" (readership 2.5 million) and "Clarin" (readership 700,000). Professor Zulema Man, President of SAO gave radio and TV interviews, including in the popular Radio Rivadavia and TV CVN's program "Vivir Major". Altogether 5 radio and two TV programs were aired within 11 days before and after October 20th.

Contact

Dr Zulema Man
Sociedad Argentina de Osteoporosis (SAEM)
Av. Santa Fé 2036 8° "E"
1123 Buenos Aires
ARGENTINA

Phone: +54 11 4823 0497
Fax: +54 11 4823 0497
E-mail: sao@connmed.com.ar

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Brazil

SOBRAO launched a campaign on October 22nd which featured free calcaneum ultrasound for over 800 people, famous speakers and a walk in the main city park of Sao Paolo – with over 1,600 participants. See complete story and photographs of the events.

Dr. Lederman led a hike in the park for 800 people

Professor Rubem Lederman, President of SOBRAO, conducted two speeches for 500 people each time, presenting slides, world statistics and medical reports, answering questions afterwards.

Contact:

Prof. Rubem Lederman
Brazilian Society of Osteoporosis (SOBRAO)
Av. Atlantica 3186
Ap. 401 Andar Copacabana
22070-000 Rio de Janeiro

Phone: +55 21 547 05 16
Fax: +55 21 256 57 16
E-mail: rlederman@openlink.com.br

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Bulgaria (1)

In addition to the information below, see the letter from Tamara Kovatcheva, Chairwoman of "Women without Osteoporosis" (PDF, 86 KB) which describes the society's successful campaign. Most importantly, the letter illustrates how a small group of enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers with limited resources can effectively mobilize large numbers of people to take action against osteoporosis.

Community

The Foundation "Women without Osteoporosis" started a campaign on January 24, 2000 called "To be healthy, that depends on us" which ended on October 20, 2000. This campaign all around the country aimed to:
Influence people to have osteodensitometries, carry out health lectures and increasing prevention with topics like "children" and "nutrition"

The Foundation organised, in partnership with regional Associations such as "The public of the town of Pleven against Osteoporosis" and "The town of Shoumen against Osteoporosis" regional movements to inform population about osteoporosis

Organisation of 23 social groups in 5 cities throughout Bulgaria called "Together against osteoporosis", animated by phycisians

Since September 1st, a hot e-mail line has been opened to answer questions and inform about osteoporosis

On September 15, 2000 a 3 year project of the Health Minister: "Investigation on the Physical Activity and Nutrition as Risk Factors for Osteoporosis Progress by Pupils", was initiated by the Foundation "Women without Osteoporosis"

On October 2, 2000, the Foundation organised regional events for the World Day of Active Ageing

From October 15 to 20, many regional events and press conferences were organised, devoted to WOD

Media

From May to October 20, 2000, regional radio and television broadcast programs about osteoporosis, with the participation of local authorities, physicians, public and patients.

A media campaign was organised throughout the country to cover "To be healthy, that depends on us" campaign

Special issue of the newspaper "Osteoporosis" based on the educational campaign of WOD 2000 "Invest in your bones"

Contact

Dr Tamara Kovatcheva
Foundation "Women without osteoporosis"
62B Chehov Str.
1113 Sofia
BULGARIA

Phone: +359 2 729 886 or +359 2 550 412
Fax: +359 2 550 412 or +359 2 963 4715
E-mail: aia@sf.icn.bg

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Bulgaria (2)

Community

Children's tennis competition with prizes from BLPO.

Message was published to the Bulgarian teachers to include the BLPO childrens educational programme in schools.

Media

Paper to be published in the medical journal "Forum Medicus", dedicated to the current status of the problem "Osteoporosis" in Europe.

Publication of the Millennium One-Minute Risk Test in the most popular "Women Newspaper"

Interview was broadcast with BLPO and the "Milk Song" on the National TV-channel.

Contact:

Bulgarian League for the Prevention of Osteoporosis (BLPO)
Dr. Rousanka Kovatcheva-Gueorguieva
6 Damian Gruev St
1302 Sofia
BULGARIA

Phone: +359 2 98 77 201
Fax: +359 2 987 41 45
E-mail: blpo98@internet-bg.net

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Chile

WOD news appeared on the principal TV Channels and throughout the week UC TV channel showed fragments of the WOD video every day. The WOD video included an interview with a prominent Chilean, Dr. Jorge Jimenez de la Jara, Chairman of the Executive Board, WHO-World Health Organization.

Contact

Dr. M. Arriagada
Chilean Society of Osteoporosis and Mineral Metabolism
Paseo Presidente Errazuriz Echaurren
2616
Profidencia
Casilla 104 Correo 35
Santiago, Chile

Phone: +56 2 232 11 27
Fax: +56 2 232 35 96
E-mail: clinder@ctcinternet.cl

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China

Community

The theme of WOD in China this year was "Prevention First".

Activities to promote osteoporosis and free bone densitometry measurement were organised in hospitals and famous shopping streets in over 20 cities around China like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing...

50 000 posters were sent to local sub-committees of OCCGS before October 20, to be dispatched for WOD.

In September the 7th OCCGS Annual Meeting took place in Hangzhou, one of the most famous tourist cities.

The Health Ministry of China with 500 guests attended a seminar called "Invest in your bones", on October 19. 10 famous osteoporosis-related experts participated in this seminar which was filmed and released by Beijing TV Station.

Media

WOD was advertised on China Health News.

Contact

Prof. Zhonghou Liu
Osteoporosis Committee of China Gerontological Society (OCCGS)
Hui-Xinli 38#
Chao-yang District
Beijing 100029

Phone: +86 10 649 764 20
Fax: +86 10 6497 6421 / 86 10 8201 2243
E-mail: cgsoc@hns.cjfh.ac.cn

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Colombia

Community

Guides for patients were distributed, informing about diet, calcium intake, medications and general prevention

Media

The Associacion Colombiana de Endocrinologia held a media conference

Contact

Mr Antonio Jose Nino Ramirez
Associacion Colombiana de Endocrinologia
Carrera 23 # 47-51 Cons 315
Bogota
COLOMBIA

Phone: +57 1 287 5825
Fax: +57 1 621 7541
E-mail: ajnr@ciudadinternet.com.co

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Czech Republic

Community

The 3rd Congress of Czech and Slovak Osteologists was held in Banska Bystrica.

All day an open-door was held for people, offering free bone densitometry measurements, discussions and information about diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

A meeting called "milk to schools" was organised in the presence of the Czech Agriculture Minister, inviting school teachers and members of the Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Diseases.

Media

A press conference was organised, with the participation of the Czech Agriculture Minister, dealing with food products enriched with calcium.

Contact

Dr Milan Bayer
Czech Society for Metabolic Skeletal Disease
Department of Pediatrics
1st Medical Faculty
Charles University
Ke Karlovu 2
12808 Praha 2
CZECH REPUBLIC

Phone: +420 2 295 271
Fax: +420 2 298 675
E-mail: mbayer@lf1.cuni.cz

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Denmark

Community

Leaflets about calcium were distributed in all pharmacies all around the country.

A conference took place with the Danish Minister of Health, Members of the Parliament, specialists in osteoporosis and patients.

Media

Dr Ulla Knappe, Chairman of the Osteoporoseforeningen (Danish Osteoporosis Society) was interviewed twice on the Danish television before October 20.

3 or 4 press releases were sent to Danish media: newspapers, television, radios, etc.

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Estonia

Community

Organisation of a whole week dedicated to osteoporosis and its prevention to the wider public and to the doctors.

An educational clip was shown in schools and several handouts, and two different educational programs were set up, one for secondary school students and one for medicine students.

The Estonian Education Department taught teachers who teach healthcare about osteoporosis.

From October 16 to 20, special osteoporosis counselling offices were opened and specially trained nurses gave advice to patients and showed them methods of physical exercises.

A conference for specialists was held in Paide on October 20, dealing with several problems linked to osteoporosis and also approaching the newest diagnostic methods existing today.

The IOF-MSD Grant won by the Estonian Society of Osteoporosis contributed in investing and highlighting World Osteoporosis Day in Estonia.

Media

During the week of the WOD, an introductive program was shown on Estonian television.

Contact

Mrs Ingrid Kull
Estonian Society of Osteoporosis
Dept of Traumatology and Orthopaedics
University of Tartu
Puusepa Str 8
EE 2400 Tartu
ESTONIA

Phone: +372 51 82428
Fax: +372 7 318106
E-mail: Katre.Maasalu@kliinikum.ee

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Finland

Community

The Finnish Osteoporosis Society organised a campaign" Grow strong – stay firm" from October 16 to 29, 2000, to provide people information about osteoporosis, preventive life style strategies and to increase the awareness of the recommendations and facilities for bone densitometry. The campaign was launched in Turku at the Women's Fair, October 20-22, and in Helsinki at the Health and Beauty Fair, October 27-29, 2000.

Free public lectures about osteoporosis were organised in over 20 cities in Finland, in co-operation with the local healthcare centres and clinics.

Internet pages for youth were opened for the campaign week, informing about life style factors such as calcium intake, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption.

A National Press Conference was organised in Helsinki before the start of the campaign with media coverage in national and local TV and radio stations.

Information and booklets about osteoporosis and WOD were distributed in August and later leaflets and posters were distributed in pharmacies.

See the text of the Finnish Osteoporosis Risk Test (PDF, 71 KB, in English) – this risk test is more detailed than the IOF standard risk test and divides the risk factors into different categories.

Media

The Finnish Society created material especially for WOD: posters, leaflets, booklets, video and overheads about osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Press material was also released.

The Pharmacy Magazine published a special issue about osteoporosis in October.

Contact

Mrs Maria Valkama
Finnish Osteoporosis Society
Suomen Osteoporoosiyhdistys
Bulevardi 11 A1
FL-00120 Helsinki
FINLAND

Phone: +358 9 612 3670
Fax: +358 9 643 193
E-mail: osteo@kaapeli.fi

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Germany

Bone-Plus-LogoOn World Osteoporosis Day, the Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V. (KK), the oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to osteoporosis in Germany, launched the Bone-Plus-Logo. The logo, which will appear on the packaging of calcium-rich food products, should make it easy and fun to determine daily calcium intake. One bone-plus point represents 100 mg. of calcium and the total amount on the logo indicates the number of calcium "points" contained in the entire package. 10 points represent the recommended daily dosage for a healthy adult. For example, a 200 ml yoghurt container will receive a 2.5 bone-plus point logo – a 0.75l bottle of mineral water containing 500 mg of calcium per litre will receive a 4 bone-plus point logo. The KK will regulate the use of the logo to ensure that producers of bone-friendly products are using the bone-plus point logo correctly. A special web site www.bone-plus.de lists the products which have received the kk's bone-plus-point logo, while providing detailed information about the product requirements and application forms for companies which would like to participate. The launch of the logo was the occasion for an extensive media and public relations campaign.

Contact:

Renate Bowitz
Public Relations
Kuratorium Knochengesundheit e.V.
Leipziger Strasse 6
D-74889 Sinsheim

Phone: +49 7261/92170
Fax: +49 7261/64659
E-mail: kuratorium-knochengesundheit@t-online.de

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Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Osteoporosis Society was officially inaugurated on 21 October 2000. The inauguration ceremonies were held in conjunction with a health exhibition in Hong Kong's city hall.

The WOD exhibition on 21 October 2000 was very successful with over 5,000 participants. People needed to queue up for an hour in order to access the exhibition venue which was held in the Hong Kong City Hall – in an exhibition hall with an area of 7,000 sq ft.! The Secretary for Health and Welfare, HKSAR, Dr. E.K. Yeoh and other honorable guests participated in the opening ceremony. Press releases were sent to Hong Kong media: newspaper, television and radios to promote osteoporosis.

Activities at the WOD exhibition included:

1. Free bone densitometry measurement: 800 people were screened with portable Sahara machines, a written report and recommendation was provided after the test. We also had trained medical students and staff to answer queries concerning the measurement. Free bone densitometry measurement was offered to the 1,026 people who were unable to have a test on the date of the exhibition

2. Free public lectures and discussion by well-known osteoporosis experts in the fields of epidemiology, gynecology, diet and orthopedicsurgery. Each session had more than 200 participants. Topics included: Understanding osteoporosis; Osteoporosis and menopause; Diet and osteoporosis; Osteoporosis and fractures

3. Physiotherapy exercise demonstration and Tai Chi demonstration: Physiotherapists from the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association and famous Tai Chi masters had invited to demonstrate exercise in order to raise the public awareness on the importance of exercise on osteoporosis

4. High calcium food display: Dietitians from the Hospital Authority Dietetic Information Centre answered questions and gave advice on high calcium diet

5. Free physiotherapy assessment: Included gait assessment, balance check, grip strength, fat measurement, body weight and height, test for kyphosis and posture etc. Advice and education leaflets have been given to participants

6. Free high calcium milk and 3,000 milk power samples were distributed to participants

7. 1,000 one minute checklists on risk of osteoporosis, and 2,000 leaflets about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis were distributed

Another WOD exhibition is planned for October 2001.

Free densitometry test

Free densitometry test

 

Ribbon cutting ceremony

From left to right: Dr. K.H. Mak, Vice-President HKOF; Prof. Edith Lau, President HKOF; Dr. EK Yeoh, Secretary of Health and Welfare HKSAR; Mrs. Peggy Lam, Vice-President HKOF

Ribbon cutting ceremony
 
High calcium food display and total body fat measurement

High calcium food display and total body fat measurement

 

Demonstration by Tai Chi Master

Demonstration by Tai Chi Master

Contact:

Dr. Edith Lau
President, Hong Kong Osteoporosis Soc.
Dept. of Community and Family Medicine
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lek Yuen Health Center – 4th floor
Shatin, Hong Kong, New Territories China

Phone: +852 2692 8778
Phone: +852 2606 3500

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Hungary

Media:

The patron of WOD in Hungary was the Minister of Education

Joint Round Table Discussion and Press ConferenceJoint Round Table Discussion and Press Conference was held in Budapest with the participation of the presidents of the Hungarian Society on Osteoarthrology and Osteoporosis, The Hungarian Osteoporosis Patient Association (HOPA) and the Hungarian Menopause Society, the Hungarian Coordinator of the "Bone and Joint Decade". The chief executive of the Social Dept. of Ministry of Health attended as well.

Press Kit was released which included a letter from the Minister of Education, a press release and an osteoporosis fact sheet. The compilation of the IOF WOD videotape, Bone of My Own and the New One Minute Osteoporosis Risk test was also presented.

Articles had been published about this discussion and all events on WOD in Hungary

Community

Free Information Hotline operational all day on WOD

The HOPA newsletter was launched and a 2001 calendar of children's sketches.

Newsletter  Calendar

Fashion show and award ceremonyFashion show and award ceremony "Beauty for all forms – Clothing designed for women with osteoporosis": HOPA and the Fastion Dept. of Budapest Echnical College joined together to design a line of clothing for women whose body shape has changed because of osteoporosis. The design was presented at a fashion show and award ceremony on Oct. 20-21 in the textile museum of Budapest. The second day's program was a fundraising event.

Contact:

Dr. Istvan Marton
Hungarian Society for Osteoporosis and Osteoarthrology
MAV Hospital
Podmaniczky 111
1062 Budapest
Hungary

Phone: +361 269 55 90
Fax: +361 269 55 90
E-mail: drmarton@elender.hu

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Iceland

Community

A booklet filled with information on how to "invest in their bones" was distributed to 13 and 14 year-old children. At the same time fun physical activities were organized at the schools.

Media

The Icelandic Osteoporosis Society created an audiovisual film about osteoporosis to be broadcast on National television during the period of WOD, and to be used later in educational settings.

Four articles were published in the largest newspaper reminding people about osteoporosis and WOD. The evening before WOD, October 19th, two people from the society appeared on the news-related talk show which was covered on national TV news. Two people were on the morning-tv program and then one was interviewed on the morning-radio program. In Iceland we have morning exercises every morning on our national-radio station and on October the 20th these were dedicated to WOD and osteoporosis.

The most important event was the launch of the new web-site http://www.beinvernd.is.

Contact

Dr Halldora Björnsdottir
Beinvernd – The Icelandic Osteoporosis Society
Postholf 161
270 Mosfellsbaer
ICELAND

Phone: +354 8973119
Fax: +354 5101919
E-mail: beinvernd@beinvernd.is

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India

The Osteoporosis Society of India held a Bone Densitometry Camp in New Delhi in cooperation with Nicholas Piramal Ltd. on October 20th. The camp was preceded by media coverage and advertising. Sixty-five bone densitometry tests were done free of charge. The attendees were asked to complete the one-minute risk test. In addition, information material on osteoporosis was distributed.

A rural woman undergoing densitometry A rural woman undergoing densitometry

Contact

Dr Rohini Handa
Osteopororsis Society of India
Department of Medicine
All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences
Ansari Nagar
New Delhi 110-029
INDIA

Phone: +91 11 659 3639 or 91 11 616 7751
Fax: +91 11 686 2663
E-mail: osteoporosis_society_india@hotmail.com

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Indonesia

Indonesian Osteoporosis Day was held in conjunction with WOD on October 20th.

An event was officially opened by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare Achmad Sujudi.

Article entitled "Beware the 'thief in the night', warn doctors" appeared in The Jakarta Post 21/10/2000.

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Ireland

Community

Free public lectures

Free bone density measurement on referral by a general practician

Media

Medical conference on October 19th, 2000

Contact

Mrs Mary Crowley
Irish Osteoporosis Society
Emoclew
Batterstown
Dunboyne
CO Meath
IRELAND

Phone: +353 1 825 81 59
Fax: +353 1 825 81 59
E-mail: crowleym@indigo.ie

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Israel

The Israeli Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Disease (IFOB) held various community activities for WOD.

Special lectures about osteoporosis were held for women at a golf club in Ceasaria. The singer Ilanit and Hamutal Efron, who wrote the lyrics for the "Bone of my own" song, were honoured for their work.

Mrs. Irit Inbar with Ilanit and Hamutal Efron. Mrs. Irit Inbar, Chief Executive Officer of IFOB (right) with Ilanit (centre) and Hamutal Efron.

500 IFOB members gathered at a Dead Sea resort for an exciting programme three-day seminar. Six lectures about osteoporosis and related quality of life issues were given each day by medical and osteoporosis experts. Each day was capped off by an evening of dancing!

Member meeting Dancing
 
Tai Chi is demonstrated for members of a patient support group

 
Tai Chi is demonstrated for members of a patient support group.

Contact:
Mrs. Irit Inbar
The Israeli Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Disease
PO Box 1513
Pardes Lanna 37000
Israel

Tel/Fax: +972 6 62 74549

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Italy (1)

Activities organized by Lega Italiana Osteoporosi (LIOS):

A Press Conference was held at the Press Club (Circolo della Stampa) in Milano, October 18 at 11.00 a.m. to launch the WOD campaign.

A Meeting/Debate was held in Rome (Congress Center Cavour), October 28 at 10.30 a.m. This meeting with the public was organized as a talk show conducted by a journalist, with the participation of LIOS, the Scientific Osteoporosis Societies, the Court for the Rights of the Ill, and the Housekeepers Association.

LIOS launched the third book of the "55...." series, dedicated to physical activity. The title is "55 exercises for a healthier bone".

During the week from October 16 to October 22, the LIOS booked ad spaces in three major newspapers (Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, and Il Sole 24 ore) for an advertisement on WOD.

During the whole month of November, there was a "direct-phone with LIOS" every afternoon from 3.00 to 6.00 p.m. to give information and suggestions about osteoporosis. This was accompanied by the distribution of a booklet through pharmacies all over Italy and 3000 general practitioners.

Contact:
Dr. Maria Luisa Bianchi
Lega Italiana Osteoporosi (LIOS)
via Monte Generoso, 31
20155 Milano
ITALY

Phone/Fax: +39 02-39211533
E-mail: mlbianchi@ntt.it

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Italy (2)

Community

A major conference was held in Roma, at the headquarters of the National Research Council, to discuss the "Social impact of Osteoporosis". Speakers from main Universities, National Institutes of Health and private sector were involved.

Media

Article on osteoporosis appeared in "Marie Claire".

Prof. Carlo Gennari, IOF board member, was interviewed on Italian national television, Rai-tre, on Sunday October 22nd.

Contact

Prof. Gaetano Crepaldi
Italian Society for Osteoporosis (SIOP)
Chairman of the Inst. of Internal Medicine
Ospedale Morgagni
Policlinico dell'Universita
49100 Padova
ITALY

Phone: +39 0 498 21 21 50 or 52
Fax: +39 0 498 21 21 51
E-mail: crepaldi@uxl.unipd.it

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Japan

Community

Educational program for nutritionists and exercise trainers was organised for WOD.

Contact

Dr Hirotoshi Morii
Japan Osteoporosis Society
11-2, Nihonbashi-kobuna-cho
Chuo-ku
Tokyo 103-0024
JAPAN

Phone: +81 3 5640 1841
Fax: +81 7 9777 2405
E-mail: hiro@med.osaka-cu.ac.jp

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Lithuania (1)

Community

An osteoporosis conference was held on October 20-21, 2000 with the participation of IOF guests.

The Patient Society "Uola" (which means "the rock") organised their annual evening meal, where all food was prepared from calcium rich products, for WOD.

In Kaunas, the Society's headquarters city, BMD ultrasound measurement was offered at reduced price

Information leaflets about osteoporosis were produced by pharmaceutical companies and were distributed

Media

Articles have already been published about this Conference and the media has been invited to inform about it. Articles are published in local and national newspapers, journals and television

Contact

Prof. Liudvikas Lashas
Lithuanian Endocrine Society
Kauno Medicinos Akademija
Endocrinologijos Institutas
Eiveniu 2
3007 Kaunas
LITHUANIA

Phone: + 370 7 797 888
Fax: + 370 7 730 847
E-mail: endoinst@KMA.lt

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Lithuania (2)

The Lithuanian Fund of Osteoporosis organised a national conference "Second Lithuanian Osteoporosis Conference" on 20-21th October (endorsed by IOF). More than 500 participants, primarily physicians from different areas of specialization, attended the conference.

"Guidelines on Densitometric Diagnosis of Osteoporosis" leaflet, a physician's guide to treatment, and a booklet about osteoporosis for patients, were published.

Contact:

Vidmantas Alekna
Lithuanian Fund of Osteoporosis
Zygimantu 9
LT-2600 Vilnius
LITHUANIA

Phone/Fax: +370 2 624 437
E-mail: alekna@ktl.mii.lt

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Republic of Macedonia

Community

From October 17 to 20, 2000, the First Macedonian Congress of endocrinology and metabolic disease (with an osteoporosis session) took place. It was announced that the Macedonian Osteoporosis Foundation has become an Associate Member of IOF.

Media

Television, radio and newspapers were contacted to inform general public about WOD.

Contact

Dr Snezana Markovic Temelkova
Macedonian Osteoporosis Foundation
Vodnjanska 17
Skopje
REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

Phone: +389 91 382 179
Fax: +389 91 381 355
E-mail: zanerici@freemail.orgmk

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Mexico

Community

COMOP, with the partnership of the major phone and telecommunications company in Mexico and the sponsorship of a pharmaceutical laboratory, sent millions of leaflets announcing WOD to the population. A hotline and a major call centre were at the disposal of people, to answer questions about osteoporosis and inform on how to participate in the fight against osteoporosis.

COMOP organised awareness talks for small groups, explaining how to act, and informing about the possible early detection, carrying densitometers to illustrate the topic.

COMOP expects the collaboration of Banks and Airlines Companies to help them as well in this campaign.

Media

COMOP organised a press conference under the patronage of the Mexican Health Minister, with the participation of the major actors of the public health field in Mexico. Also present were a representative from World Health Organisation and the Population Council. It was the first time that the Health Minister talked about osteoporosis in a press conference. Major press coverage ocurred: national TV and radio stations attending the event spread messages: "Activate", and "Join the movement of healthy life styles".

Advertisements were set up by COMOP in major public roads and bus stops in Mexico City.

Rotary Club helped COMOP in spreading the leaflets throughout the country, in their 1150 clubs (presents in 9 districts in Mexico).

Contact

Prof. Jorge Morales-Torres
Asociacion Mexicana de Metabolismo Oseo y Mineral (AMMOM)
Presa de las Virgenes 117-5
Mexico 11500
MEXICO

Phone: +52 5 395 9839
Fax: +52 4 714 5559
E-mail: jmorales@infonet.com.mx

Mr Juan Tamayo
Comite Mexicano para el estudio de la osteopororis (COMOP)
Insurgentes sur #299 Mezzanine
Col. Hipodromo
CP 06100 Mexico
MEXICO

Phone: +52 5 574 19 00 or 18 10
Fax: +52 5 574 22 02
E-mail: e.larrea@comop.org.mx

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New Zealand

Community

On World Osteoporosis Day, New Zealand's Minister of Health, Hon. Annette King, opened a morning tea celebration at Parliament, followed by speakers talking about Osteoporosis NZ's key achievements and demands for easier access to Bone Density scans for those at risk.

6 Women members of Parliament, and four of their mothers, had bone scans the week before WOD. The results were announced during the media launch organised for WOD.

Bone scans

Six pamphlets and GP Guidelines on osteoporosis were launched.

Media

A media launch was organised in Parliament by the New Zealand woman Minister of Health. Women members of the Parliament attended this launch with their mothers, and a calcium-rich morning tea was served.

During this function, the Minister of Health launched the WHO Report and announced the beginning of a significant research project, and free bone densitometry for diagnostic purposes. 60 people, including media representatives from all New Zealand attended this event. This was followed by a Walk in Wellington promoted also by Wellington Region Sports Trust, Hillary Commission and Osteoporosis NZ Inc. Other walks were also organised throughout NZ.

Contact

Mrs. Gloria Whitson,
Osteoporosis New Zealand Inc.
PO Box 688
Wellington
NEW ZEALAND

Phone: +64 4 49 94 862
Fax: +64 4 49 94 863
E-mail: onz@xtra.co.nz

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Pakistan

WOD seminar on Osteoporosis
Venue: Karachi Gymkhana
Date: 20th October 2000
Participants: Members of Karachi Gymkhana (about 300)
Speakers: Prof. M. A. Quraishi (Orthopaedic Surgeon)
Prof. Nusrat H. Khan (Gynaecologist)
Dr. Akhtar Ahmed (President OSP)
Sponsors: M/s Novartis

Seminar: Invest in Your Bones
Venue: Defence Authority Club
Date: 20th October 2000
Participants: Members of the DHA (200)
Speakers: Prof. Mirza Rehman Beg (Orthopaedic Surgeon)
Dr. Kamran Hameed (Rheumatologist)
Dr. Khalid Niaz (Nuclear Physician)
Sponsors: M/s Eli-Lilly

Free BMD testing at Osteoporosis Diagnostic Clinic
Date: 22nd October 2000

Event: Milk Mela
Venue: Sindbad Children Park
Date: 22nd October 2000
Participants: 1000 school children of age 10-12 years with their parents
Objectives: Awareness of Milk and its role in osteoporosis prevention
Activities: Short talks, Poster Competition, Speeches, Free Milk sampling, Free rides on all the games.
Chief Guest: Probable Governor of Sindh / Minister of Education
Sponsors: Nestle Milk

Banner displayed all around the city
About 300 banners with slogans about osteoporosis were displayed in the city on WOD.

Contact:

Dr. Akhtar Ahmed
Osteoporosis Society of Pakistan
66/1 BMCHS Karachi
PAKISTAN

Phone: +92 21 493 3958
Fax: +92 21 920 4911
E-mail: osp@doctor.com

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Philippines

Community

Osteoporosis Society of Philippines organised, on October 13-14, the Second Annual Scientific Meeting of OSPI, in partnership with the Department of Health and the Bone and Joint Decade. It took place in Mandaluyong City, and all the activities were done in reference to the World Osteoporosis Day

Public forums were set-up, targeting the young population, particularly elementary and high school students, in order to raise awareness of osteoporosis in Philippines

Contact

Osteoporosis Society of the Philippines, Inc.
Prof. Tito Torralba
Joint and Bone Center, 2/F
Santo Tomas University Hospital
Espana
Manila
PHILIPPINES

Phone: +632 781 1773
Fax: +632 781 1773
E-mail: ospi@pacific.net.ph

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Portugal

Community

WOD 2000 took place in the Fundaçao Cupertino de Miranda where the Associaçao Portuguesa de Osteoporose organised:

  • a press conference
  • free bone tests
  • public talks with experts speakers in nutrition, exercises, osteoporosis, menopause and bone densitometry
  • photo exhibition of public figures (arts, theatre, top models) who have collaborated in a national campaign organised by APO, called "three glasses of milk"
  • free tasting of calcium rich dairy products
  • spectacle of ballet and modern dance was presented, by ballet dancers, the WOD 2000 Song "Bone of my own"

Media

Distribution of a leaflet with focus on "Invest in your bones"

Contact

Mr Domingos Araujo
Associaçao Portuguesa de Osteoporose (APO)
R. Paraiso Da Foz 48, 6E
4150 Porto
PORTUGAL

Phone: +351 22 617 78 70
Fax: +351 22 617 78 70
E-mail: dparaujo@mail.telepac.pt

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Romania (1)

Community

Members of the Association for Prevention of Osteoporosis in Romania (ASPOR) distributed, from October 16 to 21, 8 000 leaflets in shopping centres, about "Bone friendly alimentation".

ASPOR offered people calcium rich foods to taste and buy during an exhibition which was held on October 20, in the City Hall in Targu. Mures. There was also a show with the launching of the song "My own bones". A play informing about osteoporosis was put on.

Saturday, October 21, was a day dedicated to free bone densitometry measurement, offered by ASPOR. It was also the first meeting of the Romanian Society of Osteoporosis.

The program: "Meeting the osteoporotic patient" began and then meetings are to take place every Friday in the headquarter of the Romanian Society of Osteoporosis, in order to provide general information to the patients involved in a program called "Preventive Strategies in Osteoporosis". This last symposium was created to be dedicated to World Osteoporosis Day, and was held on October 6-7, 2000.

Media

Programs were shown on television to inform and educate general public and policy makers about prevention in osteoporosis.

A press conference was held in the Romanian Society of Osteoporosis' headquarter to inform the mass media about their activities, and about the National prophylactic program for osteopororis, which has enabled, since last year, to provide treatment free of charge for selected patients with severe osteoporosis.

6000 children from 6 to 18 years were asked to answer a questionnaire in order to set up a study about the diet in children. The results were launched on October 19 during a press conference held in ASPOR's headquarters. As the results seem to show a low calcium intake in children, they will be used for increasing awareness about the importance of both the "bone friendly diet" and "invest in your bones" as early as possible.

Contact

Dr Daniel Grigorie
Romanian Society of Osteoporosis
National Institute of Endocrinology
Vlvd. Aviatorilot 34-36
79660 Bucharest
ROMANIA

Phone: +401 230 36 32
Fax: +401 230 36 32
E-mail: grigorie@parhon.ro

Dr Iren Nagy
Association for Prevention of Osteoporosis in Romania (ASPOR)
4300, Targu Mures
Str Moldovei n°9 A/2
ROMANIA

Phone: +40 65 145 171
Fax: +40 65 257 009 or 40 65 259 321
E-mail: nagy@netsoft.ro

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Romania (2)

OSART carried out activities together with the Centre of Osteoporosis, Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital, Cluj-Napoca

Community

A telephone "hot" line aimed to give information about osteoporosis was opened six hours on October 20 and 21, 2000

Volunteer students handed out the questionnaire "Are you at risk?" on streets of our town

Posters derived from the IOF model "How fragile is her future?" were placed in all public or private surgeries, drugstores and other frequently visited places

An exhibition of dairy products ("calcium meals") was organised jointly with milk factory "Napolact" in all its delivery points

Media

Professor Horatiu D.Bolosiu, President of "Osart": was interviewed by local TV (Napoca Cable Network) and radio (Radio Cluj)

Several press releases were sent to regional and local newspapers

Contact:

Professor Horatiu D.Bolosiu
Romanian Foundation of Osteoarthrology "Osart"
21 Voltaire St.
3400 Cluj-Napoca
ROMANIA

Phone/Fax: +40 64 198 443
E-mail: meddoi@codec.ro

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Slovakia

The Slovak Union Against Osteoporosis (SUPO) prepared a campaign against osteoporosis that started September 12, 2000 and lasted till October 20, 2000. The goal of the campaign was to raise public awareness about the disease, its symptoms, diagnostic methods and therapeutics. The campaign was called "Stable Wings of Life", with a humming bird as its symbol. Its wings symbolise the quality of human life. Humming birds with broken wings cannot fly and die – and there is the same danger for people suffering from osteoporosis.

SUPO organized five public talks with experts about the danger of osteoporosis, its possible early detection, prevention, nutrition and exercise. These meetings included free bone densitometry measurements.

The organisers also prepared flyers and several broadcast discussions about osteoporosis. The campaign lasted until World Osteoporosis Day, October 20, 2000. On this day people were also offered free bone tests in the center of the capital city Bratislava.

Contact:

Katarína Urmanièová
Slovak Union Against Osteoporosis (SUPO)
Slovenská únia proti osteoporóze
Nábre_ie I. Krasku 4
921 01 Pie__any
Slovakia

Phone: +421 838 762 35 11
Fax: +421 7 4333 0003
E-mail: urmanicova@interel.sk

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Slovenia

Community

The Slovene Bone Society joined the Global Embrace 2000 for a Celebration Walk for Active Ageing in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. In ten other Slovenian towns, walks were also organised.

A home page was set-up by the Slovene Bone Society, dedicated to this event.

People were offered bone mineral densitometry measurement in Ljubljana.

Special education programs were distributed to teachers, to increase awareness, encourage healthy life style and inform about the importance of prevention

Open Door Performance took place in 10 fitness and swimming clubs based in different towns of Slovenia

A final celebration took place on October 20 in Ljubljana, in presence of the Slovene Health Minister, four of the most important opinion leaders, representatives of sponsors and other societies, journalists and delegates of other patient societies

Media

Local and national radio, television, newspapers and bulletins of different societies covered the event

Different printed material like "Are you at risk test" and the Bulletin of Slovene Osteoporosis Society were distributed.

The Slovene Bone Society issued a new bulletin

Education articles were printed in 10 most read newspapers and four journals for women

A local Slovene television broadcast a 10 minute interview with a member of the Slovene Bone Society

Contact

Dr Ursula Gantar-Rott
University Medical Centre
Dept. of Endocrinology
Zaloska c 7
1000 Ljubljana
SLOVENIA

Phone: +386 61 317 060
Fax: +386 61 317 060
E-mail: ursa.gantar@kclj.si

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South Africa

Community

An Osteoporosis Congress was arranged for October 20-22, 2000 to highlight National Guidelines and to host a National Densitometry Accreditation Course with the presence of ISCD

A golf day was held on October 19th, a road race and "Fun Run" was held on the 25th. The latter was organised by the Sports Science Institute of S. Africa's Optifit programme with the theme "Invest in your Bones".

Organisers handing out calcium supplementation The organisers and the calcium supplementation handed out to the runners
Fun Run T shirt NOF sponsored T shirt for the fun run

Media

A new Patient Information Brochure was edited

Contact

Mrs Michele Wolman
National Osteoporosis Foundation
PO Box 481
Belville
7535 Cape Town
SOUTH AFRICA

Phone: +27 21 931 78 94
Fax: +27 21 931 70 75
E-mail: nofsa@iafrica.com

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Spain

Media

An Osteoporosis National Conference was held, in co-operation with the community of Madrid, and in the presence of HRH the Queen of Spain, who chaired the conference. People were invited to taste dairy products, to get informed about osteoporosis and view a demonstration of exercises which help strengthen bones to help prevent fractures. Queen Sofia of Spain

A press conference was held in the headquarters of the health department.

Contact

Mrs Luz Gonzalo
Fundacion Hispana de Osteoporosi y Enfermedades Metabolicas (FHOEMO)
Gil de Santivanes 6 – 2° D
Apartado Postal 14.662
28001 Madrid
SPAIN

Phone: +34 91 578 35 10 or 34 91 575 25 51
Fax: +34 91 578 35 10
E-mail: fhoemo@mail.todoesp.es

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Sweden

The main event for WOD was a seminar in the House of Parliament in Stockholm on October 25th. About 55 MP's and staff came to listen to two of the foremost specialists on osteoporosis in Sweden, Dr Dan Mellström and Dr Osten Ljunggren (the latter newly elected Chairman of the Swedish Osteoporosis Society) and two representatives from the Swedish Osteoporosis Patient Society, Sonja Rembo and Inger Lundegardh. The audience expressed great interest and took active part in the concluding discussion.

Among those present were a considerable number of members of the Standing Committee of Social Affairs (incl. health care) representing all seven parties in Parliament. There were also representatives from government agencies responsible for health care.

During a break when fruit and calcium-enriched orange juice was served many also took advantage of the possiblity offered to test their bone density on a heal-DXA.

At this occasion a report on "The extent of osteoporosis and its consequencies for patients and society" written by Sonja Rembo, Chairman of the Swedish Osteoporosis Patient Society, was presented.

On or around WOD there have also been serveral other events all around Sweden such as "Osteoporosis days" arranged by hospitals, lectures and exhibitions in hospitals, libraries, pharmacies. Such arrangements are, however, part of the regular work carried out by the patient organisation all year round, even if there is an increase of activity around WOD.

Contact

Mrs Sonja Rembo
Swedish Osteoporosis Patient Society (ROP)
Sylvestergatan 7
S-411 32 Gothenburg
SWEDEN

Phone: +46 31 169 484
Fax: +46 31 778 1064
E-mail: rembo@telia.com

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Switzerland

Pile of 'missing calcium'Donna Mobile held a press conference at which journalists were invited to a "calcium" meal with three different menus containing a sufficient daily amount of calcium. This was to show that one's daily calcium intake doesn't have to be from milk products alone. A pile of "missing calcium" symbolized the amount of calcium lacking in the Swiss population.

Contact:

Mrs. Monique Ehinger Krehl
donna mobile
Bischofsteinweg 15
4450 Sissach
SWITZERLAND

Phone: +41 61 973 10 10
Fax: +41 61 973 10 11
E-mail: donnamobile@bluewin.ch

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Turkey

On WOD, the Osteoporosis Society of Turkey arranged a large meeting with Turkish Society of Teachers in Istanbul. The media, including TV channels were invited to attend. The President of the OST gave a speech underlining the importance of the disease. Leaflets about osteoporosis were distributed to the women. Our sponsor company distributed mugs, pens, note-books, etc. to the attendees.

Contact:

Dr. Gulseren Akyuz
Osteoporosis Society of Turkey
Marmara University Hospital
Dept. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Tophanelioglu Cad. 13/15
81190 Altunizade
Istanbul
TURKEY

Phone: +90 216 326 34 43
Fax: +90 216 326 34 44
E-mail: akyuzg@superline.com

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United Kingdom (1)

Community

A golf day was organised, supported by Royal Mail employees.

"Walk the bones Day", walk sponsored, organised in association with the South Yorkshire Fire Service and their National Cross Country Championships.

85ft freefall Abseil in Derbyshire.

Exercise classes ran simultaneously throughout the city of Sheffield.

Contact

Mrs Anita Brough
Osteoporosis 2000
University of Sheffield
WHO Collaborating Centre
Medical School
Beech Hill Road
Sheffield – S10 2RX
UK

Phone: +44 114 272 2000
Fax: +44 114 263 4420
E-mail: e.v.mccloskey@sheffield.ac.uk

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United Kingdom (2)

The National Osteoporosis Society launched a series of comprehensive information booklets to mark World Osteoporosis Day:

Exercise and Osteoporosis, a new booklet for people with the fragile bone disease is aimed at reducing the risk of broken bones and maintaining independence through regular physical activity.

Exercises and Bone Health, with prevention in mind, focuses on a variety of weight-bearing exercises which have been proven to increase bone density.

Diet and Bone Health, offers information on how a healthy, calcium-rich diet can be beneficial for bones.

Contact:

Lucy Ferrier or Elizabeth Davies
National Osteoporosis Society
PO Box 10
Radscock, Bath BA3 3YB
UK

Phone: +44 1761 471771
Fax: + 44 1761 471104
E-mail: info@nos.org.uk

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Yugoslavia

Community

Yugoslav Osteoporosis Society organised a Scientific Symposium on osteoporosis dedicated to WOD

Media

Several programs were broadcast on local TV stations

Contact

Dr Aleksandar Dimic
Yugoslav Osteoporosis Society
Mije Petrovica 15
18000 Nis
YUGOSLAVIA

Phone: +381 18 523 471 or +381 63 421 051
Fax: +381 18 547 405 or +381 18 523 471
E-mail: adimic@junis.ni.ac.yu

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