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World Osteoporosis Day
October 20, 2002

National Activities

Argentina
Sociedad Argentina de Osteoporosis

World Osteoporosis Day 2003 walk in Buenos Aires

A community walk around the lake in Palermo gardens in Buenos Aires will be held on Sunday October 20 at 11 am.

08.10.2002

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Australia
Osteoporosis Australia

World Osteoporosis Day - Australia

Federal Health Minister - Kay Patterson Launches World Osteoporosis Day on Oct 17



Barbara Holborow (former Childrens Court Judge), Maxine McKew (Patron and member of the IOF Roundtable), Senator Kay Patterson (Health Minister), and Mal Meninga (former national football captain)

Osteoporosis Australia (OA) marked World Osteoporosis Day with a ‘Calcium Breakfast’ at Federal Parliament House Canberra. The event was hosted by Maxine McKew (Patron and member of the IOF Roundtable) and speakers included OA ambassadors Mal Meninga (former national football captain) and Barbara Holborow (former Childrens Court Judge). The Health Minister, Senator Kay Patterson also attended the event and announced osteoporosis as the 7th National Health Priority under the title ‘Arthritis & Musckuloskeletal Diseases’. Prof Philip Sambrook (OA Medical Director) thanked the minister for the important announcement and other members of parliament attended the launch. Guests at the event were treated to ‘calcium rich’ food and milk shots!



Osteoporosis Australia supplied ‘Bone Pins’ for all guests to wear at the launch. In the week leading up to the launch these pins were mailed to all members of parliament and attached to a card titled “Show some Spine”. The card explained the event and asked the receiver of the pin to wear it as a show of support for our important cause. The pins were very popular and were also distributed to state offices for use at local based WOD events and seminars. Many states hosted functions which state health ministers attended and they were presented with a copy of the ‘Call to Action’. The IOF WOD poster was used at the launch and also distributed to state offices to use at local functions and mail on the health care facilities.



Senator Kay Patterson (National Health Minister), Mal Meninga (Former National Football Captain), Barbara Holborow (Ambassador and former Childrens Court Judge)

All media received copies of the ‘Call to Action’ signed by members of the IOF Roundtable and the launch received good media coverage in print, radio and television. OA will include photos and information about the day in our forthcoming issue of the national magazine.



Maxine McKew (Patron and member of the IOF Roundtable), Philip Sambrook (OA Medical Director), Judy Stenmark (OA Chief Executive Officer), Barbara Holborow (Ambassador and former Childrens Court Judge)

10.10.2002

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Belgium
Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients

Conference "Osteoporosis and Space Research" held for public awareness of World Osteoporosis Day on october 14th 2002

A congress on Osteoporosis and Space Research was organized by the Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients. On October 14 th in Brussels with the support of astronaut Mr. Frank De Winner -the second Belgian to go into space.The Congress gained large media attention for the upcoming World Osteoporosis Day. The conference featured scientific lectures by researchers Profesors Jos Vanderslooten, Georges Vanderperre and Roger Bouillon from the Catholic University of Leuven

For further information about the congress please contact the Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients.

08.10.2002

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Brazil
Brazilian Society of Osteoporosis (SOBRAO)

Special women's health session in Rio de Janeiro's parliament planned for WOD

A special session on Women's health, including osteoporosis, will be held in the local parliament of Rio de Janeiro World Osteoporosis Day. Overall, osteoporosis advocacy in Brazil has grown in strength with Prof. Rubem Ledermann, IOF Board Member and Mrs. Regina Prado, a high-profile Roundtable member, pushing for action on behalf of osteoporosis patients.
A great step forward was taken in July 2002 when the Brazilian Ministry of Health approved the 'National Consensus of Osteoporosis' treatment guidelines resulting in the addition of osteoporosis to the reimbursement list.

16.10.2002

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Bulgaria
Association 'Women without Osteoporosis'

WOD’02 in Bulgaria reached thousands of people and showed serious cases of undiagnosed osteoporosis

The Bulgarian association "Women without Osteoporosis" organized a series of events for the occasion of WOD'02.

On October 15, 2002, a press conference of the association jointly with the Capital Hygiene Epidemiological Inspectorate was carried out. Attention was paid to the activities carried out by the association during the past year and the forthcoming demands on its part to the National Health-Insurance Bank concerning enhanced reimbursement of the medication and bone density examinations needed.
Ms Tamara Kovatcheva, Chairwoman of"Women without Osteoporosis" spoke on behalf of the association. Dr.med. Plamen Popivanov, expert advisor to the association, spoke before the journalists about the preparation of the National Program for prophylaxis and treatment of osteoporosis. Dr.med. Masha Gavrailova, deputy director of the Capital Hygiene Epidemiological Inspectorate, spoke about the participation of Bulgaria in the WOD'02 theme "Invest in your bones". It was revealed that the specialists of the Inspectorate at their immediate work as methodologists of the school medical staff have many difficulties in realization of their activity because of unspecified joint programs between the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.
At the press conference the representatives of the Bulgarian Milk Company "LB Bulgaricum" Irina Shishkova and Kalinka Pashova were also present. They represented to the journalists their series of milk-products enriched with calcium. They had prepared a special surprise for the presentation - a beautiful musical clip of the company, in which their director Svetoslav Dimitrov was performing the sole singing part.

The press conference was widely reflected in the media and the participating specialists gave a series of interviews in the live transmissions next days.
The following event, devoted to October 20, 2002, was the opening of an exhibition for foods, food additives, auxiliary and measuring means, organized by the association "Women without Osteoporosis" together with the program "Health in air" of Bulgarian National Radio and the National Center of Hygiene, Medical Ecology and Nutrition (NCHMEN). At the opening on October 17, official persons from the Ministry of Health, many guests and journalists were present. For the first time, a fashion review of author's clothes for women with osteoporosis was demonstrated. The clothing, developed specially for the event, was created by the designer Veneta Atanassova in cooperation with "Women without Osteoporosis". During the three days of the exhibition, the companies "LB Bulgaricum", "Boyana Import Export",
"Schmidt N", "Neways" , "Advance Pharma" etc. represented their products to the public from all over the country. The visitors had the opportunity to be acquainted with useful bone health foods and additives, as well as to see sporting and measuring apparatus. During the exhibition, five devices for examination of bone density were working for members and guests of association "Women without Osteoporosis" – two of the type "DEXA" and three ultrasound ones.
The numerous interviews with participants, the direct transmissions and reportages on National TV, National Radio and dailies such as the newspaper "24 Hours", newspaper "Trud" etc. brought a lot of people from the whole country to the exhibition, which continued till October 19. The exclusive interest in the bone density examinations showed that still a very little part of Bulgarian population is covered from the measures for early detection of osteoporosis and the timely prophylaxis and treatment of the disease is affordable to only a limited number of people. For this reason, during the October 18th National Workshop for the leaders of sections and groups of association "Women without Osteoporosis" with one voice was taken the following decision:
The association "Women without Osteoporosis" is to address a petition to the National Health-Insurance Bank for:
- Increase of the existing reimbursement of the medicaments from 50% to 75%;
- Free treatment of patients having one or more osteoporotic fractures;
- Free osteometric measurement of the bone density of women over 60 years.
Bulgarian public appreciates highly the exclusive attention, with which the Presidency and the Council of Ministers behaved to the messages of European Community from the press conference on December 4, 2001, as well as the subsequent real steps for limitation of the disease on the part of the Ministry of Health and the National Health-Insurance Bank. However, because of the extremely low socioeconomic status of the population and the broad incidence of the risk factors (smoking, immobility, irregular nutrition etc.) further action is necessary.
The three-day events were completed with a patient meeting in the ceremonial hall of the National Center of Hygiene, Medical Ecology and Nutrition.
The celebration of WOD'02, organized from association "Women without Osteoporosis", was carried out by the kind support of the pharmaceutical company "MERCK SHARP & DOHME" as general sponsor and the National Center of Hygiene, Medical Ecology and Nutrition.

25.10.2002

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Bulgaria
National Center of Hygiene, Medical Ecology and Nutrition (NCHEM)

Summary of WOD events by the NCHEM's "Osteoporosis Group"

SHORT SUMMARY OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL CENTER OF HYGIENE, MEDICAL ECOLOGY AND NUTRITION – “OSTEOPOROSIS” GROUP, RELATED TO THE WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY – 20 OCTOBER 2002




Lesson in osteoporosis-preventive diet for children in kindergarten and pre-school in the town of Shumen

· Dissemination of original health education materials treating risk factors for osteoporosis – booklets, poster, prepared by the group and Prof. JP Bonjour’s book “Invest in your bones” (IOF edition), translated in Bulgarian by the team, in Bulgarian schools;

· Publishing in the press (newspaper “Trud”, 16 October 2002 and newspaper “Uchitelsko delo”, 21 October 2002) of an ancient traditional recipe for strengthening kids’ bone health in early childhood (3 – 5 years of age). This recipe is easily applicable and has a strong positive effect on human bone health in following life periods;

· Presentation at an international forum - II Congress of Medical Specialists from Preventive Medicine in FYR of Macedonia – research results from the implementation of “Intervention Program for Osteoporosis Prevention in School Age” (program developed by the team) and dissemination of our original health education materials on osteoporosis prevention among the participants at the Congress;

· Presentation of lectures on risk and prevention factors related to osteoporosis and promotion of the food supplement “Osteofan” 3+3 (for children and adults) created by us to medical specialists and public in Sofia (17 October 2002), Shumen (15-16 October 2002), Dupnica (23 October 2002);

· Joint participation with the foundation “Women without Osteoporosis” in the organization of an exhibition of preparations for preventive and curative nutrition at osteoporosis and osteodensitometric examinations of women groups at risk (17 October 2002);

· Promotion in the media (newspaper “Trud”, “Uchitelsko delo” etc., Bulgarian National TV, Bulgarian National Radio “Hristo Botev” Program) of articles and materials related to osteoporosis prevention (October 16, 17, 18, 21, 2002);

· Organization and participation in a public lesson for osteoporosis-preventive diet related to kids from kindergartens and children in early school age (Shumen, “Ekzarh Josif” school; Sofia, 55 kindergarten).

04.11.2002

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Canada
Osteoporosis Canada

November is Osteoporosis Month in Canada

In Canada "Osteoporosis Month" is held in November each year. As do many countries for World Osteoporosis Day, the Osteoporosis Society of Canada (OSC) uses "Osteoporosis Month" to focus media and public attention on osteoporosis issues. This year activity is planned around the publication of the OSC's Clinical Guidelines in the November 2002 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

16.10.2002

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Canada
Osteoporosis Canada

Osteoporosis Society of Canada announces the first evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

The Osteoporosis Society of Canada announced the publication of the first evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and
management of osteoporosis. The guidelines were published in the November 12 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

A link to the online document is available on the society's website: www.osteoporosis.ca
Printed copies are also available from the Society for .99 each, plus applicable taxes and shipping charges, by calling 1-800-463-6842 (Canadian number).

02.12.2002

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Chile
Fundacion Chilena de Osteoporosis

Women's "Roundtable" for women journalists is held in Chile

On October 24th, 2002, to mark World Osteoporosis Day, the Chilean Foundation of Osteoporosis and the Chilean Society of Osteology and Mineral Metabolism held a special event for women journalists. A "Roundtable" of society officials from the two societies presented information about osteoporosis and answered questions from the women journalists.
Prominant attendees of the WOD event included Martha Pelaez, head of the Ageing and Health Program of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington as well as Maria Antonietta Saa, Deputy of the Chilean Parliament.


Roundtable speakers were the officials of the Chilean Society of Osteology and Mineral Metabolism as well as the Chilean Foundation of Osteoporosis (from right) Dr. Aida Millinarsky; Dr. Marina Arriagada; Dr. Silvia Fischer; Dr. Sofia Oviedo

(from right) Martha Pelaez, head of the Ageing and Health Program of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, with President of the Fundacion Chilena de Osteoporosis Dr. Roberto Arinoviche.


From right: Dr. Sofia Oviedo; Chilean Parliament Deputy Maria Antonietta Saa; Dr. Marina Arriagada; Dr. Aida Millinarsky

05.12.2002

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Costa Rica
Fundación Costarricense de Osteoporosis

Public awareness the focus of World Osteoporosis Day Campaign in Costa Rica

The Fundacion Costarricense de Osteoporosis, with the help of industry and other partners, focused its month-long campaign on heightening awareness of osteoporosis among the general public.


This meeting, kindly sponsorsed by Merck Sharp & Dohme, was directed to patients who suffer from osteoporosis. The patients came from all over the country to learn about osteoporosis, nutrition and participate in a question and answer session.

The society initiated reports on TV, radio and newspapers, with society officials and osteoporosis experts giving interviews to the media. On October 20th,Costa Rica's leading newspaper dedicated a six-page report to osteoporosis, with the input of different specialists and the real-life stories of two patients.

A meeting was also held with patients in one of the most important hotels in the city, with the participation of a nutritionist and medical doctors.

Another meeting was held with 300 women from all over the country for education in osteoporosis, so that they can transfer their experiences to women all over Costa Rica.

The society also reactivated an 800 line for free public access to general information about osteoporosis.

In November the society held a special event for the public. See photos below:


The public exhibition included a speech about nutrition in osteoporosis and the "invest in your bones" report focusing on children's nutrition and exercise



Dr.Luis Jiménez-Briceño, CEO of the Fundación Costarricense de Osteoporosis, spoke at the November WOD event which was sponsored by Costa Rica's leading dairy company, Cooperativa de Productores de Leche Dos Pinos.



A professional cook demonstrated "calcium" rich recipes for the audience.

17.10.2002

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Denmark
Osteoporoseforeningen, Landsforening mod Knogleskorhed

Denmark holds multi-faceted WOD campaign

The Danish society, Osteoporoseforeningen
- landsforeningen mod knogleskørhed, has held a multi-faceted World Osteoporosis Day campaign which includes children's activities, the introduction of a new information call line, and a media event to draw attention to the need for improved policies for osteoporosis in Denmark.



To show the importance of exercise for healthy bones, the 8th graders from Lundgårdskolen, Holstebro, DK, have trained extra hard for the school's annual jogging-event. They are wearing t-shirts with a wishbone logo- sponsored by the Danish Osteoporosis

School children all over the country have a sport-activity friday before their holiday in week 42.The society has offered T-shirts with logo to all interested 8th grade classes (13-14 years of age).
After the activity representatives from our organization gave the school-children a music-CD and a little cooking booklet with ideas for bone-friendly meals appealing to young people.

The society will also introduce a new service - "the osteoporosis-telefone". The public can call in and receive information about osteoporosis.

The campaign will also include a media-related event -the issue of a press release focusing on the EU Osteoporosis Panel (which included politicians and osteoporosis specialists from different EU-countries) and, specifically, on osteoporosis-related health policy initatives in Denmark.

For further information visit the society website:
http://www.osteoporose-f.dk

17.10.2002

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France
Société Française d'Ostéodensitométrie Clinic (SOFOC)

SOFOC organises "Open Door" for WOD

On October 19, 2002 the Societe Française d'Ostéodensitométrie Clinique will hold an open door for the public in the cities of Toulouse and Grenoble. More information is available on the society website: www.sofoc.org
Posters and informational leaflets placed in pharmacies, doctor's offices, stores, and government buildings will inform the public about the event. In both cities there will be presentations by medical specialists, dieticians, and therapists. The public will be given the opportunity to consult with health professionals and will be offered information about osteoporosis and bone health, including advice about diet and exercise.

22.10.2002

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation

World Osteoporosis Day Health Exhibition in Hong Kong

The exhibition was co-organised by The Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation, Jockey Club Centre for
Osteoporosis Care and Control of The Chinese
University of Hong Kong, and Hospital Authority
New Territories East Cluster. About 1,000 people of all ages attended the event.

Date: 20 October 2002 (Sunday)
Venue: G/F. and 1/F., School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin,N.T., Hong Kong

Programmes include:
Exhibition: a set of display boards on the prevention of osteoporosis and educational leaflets; display of high calcium food; devices and equipment for home safety to prevent falls.

Health assessment tests: ultrasound bone density measurement, test on risk of fall, posture and grip strength

Health talks by medical professionals

Demonstration of exercises

08.10.2002

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Iceland
Beinvernd – The Icelandic Osteoporosis Foundation

WOD 2002 in Iceland



An ultrasound measurement done in a workplace.

On October 21. Beinvernd launced its osteoporosis in the workplace campaign. Now, Beinvernd offers bone density measurements (ultrasound) in workplaces. Employers are encouraged to offer their employees, 40 years and older,a bone density measurement during their worktime. As a follow up to the measurements, the employees get a lecture on osteoporosis, prevention and treatment. So far this has been a successful campaign.

28.11.2002

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Iceland
Beinvernd – The Icelandic Osteoporosis Foundation

The Invest in Your Bones report has been translated into Icelandic



Halldora Bjornsdottir, the director of Beinvernd gives Asdis Elin Olafsdottir, a schoolnurse, the first Invest in Your Bones report which has been translated into Icelandic

On October 21. Beinvernd published Jean-Paul Bonjour´s Invest in Your Bones report in Icelandic. It will be sent to all schoolnurses in Iceland as well as to those who work with children and youth in sports and leisure activities.

28.11.2002

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India
Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research

“National Conference on Metabolic Bone Disorders” on 10th November 2005 at AIIMS, Delhi.

The scientific contents of the conference will focus on issues pertaining to nutrition, densitometry, and drug therapy in the Indian context. Expected gathering will include endocrinologists, orthopedicians, general physicians, nephrologists, gynecologists, internist and nutritionist.

Lectures will be delivered by eminent national and international speakers like Paul Miller-USA, Mone Zaidi-USA, Sudhaker Rao-Detroit, Subhash Kukreja-USA, K M Prasanna Kumar-India, Usha Sriram-India, and Ghada El Hajj -Lebanon. For more information and registration you can log on to our website www.isbmr.org.


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02.12.2002

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India
Osteoporosis Society of India

Leading women's organization joins the Osteoporosis Society of India to deliver 2002 WOD message

The Osteoporosis Society of India observed the World Osteoporosis Day in partnership with the AIWC (All India Women's Conference).
AIWC is one of the oldest voluntary organizations of India. Now in its 75th year of existence, AIWC has 500 branches all over the country with more than 100,000 members. The organization has been led in the past by several eminent personalities associated with freedom movement namely; Sarojini Naidu, Vijay Laxmi Pandit, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and Kamladevi Chattopadhyay. Currently Dr. Aparna Basu is the President of AIWC and Mrs. Gomathi Nair is the Honorary Secretary General of the organization.

Members of the Osteoporosis Society of India

The activities included a public lecture by Prof. PK Dave, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi followed by an interactive
panel discussion on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. Apart from AIWC several other NGOs like Age Care India and Help Age participated in WOD, the theme of which was "Prevent the first fracture". Speaking at WOD, Mrs Gomathi Nair, Secretary General AIWC said that "India women possibly have a greater risk of osteoporosis because of higher prevalence of malnutrition and repeated pregnancies. All India Women's Conference is concerned about this emerging health challenge and, therefore, has decided to join with Osteoporosis Society of India in spreading the message of prevention of this dreaded disease which can cause severe disability and pain in old age. I appreciate the initiatives taken by the Osteoporosis Society of India in educating people about preservation of bone health..."
A public information booklet on osteoporosis published by society was released.In addition,medical lectures on "Osteoporosis: The challenge of brittle bones" were delivered by the members of OSI in the month of October. The event received wide coverage in the local media.

25.10.2002

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Israel
The Israeli Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Diseases

IFOB launches First Woman Leaders' Panel on the occasion of WOD 2002



The ambassador of Columbia David DeLarosa and Irit Inbar of the IFOB at a fundraising event carried out in partnership with the BPW Israel.

Parliament member Nehama Ronen holds the signed petition of 7 women leaders

The panel of women leaders at the WOD event led by the former president of Israel Reuma Weizman

As a symbol of the fight against osteoporosis these women, attending the WOD event, hold an x-ray of the forarm. Fractures of the wrist are common among osteoporotic patients.


The Isreali Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Diseases began its WOD activities when its volunteers participated in an embracing "woman go far" walk on October 10th at which "Are you at risk" questionnaires were distributed. This was followed by a successful and elegant fundraising event in partnership with the Business and Professional Women's Association on October 14th. Distinguished guests included Ambassador David de la Rosa of Colombia and his wife, The Mayor of the City of Herzelia, Ms. Yael German, and Prof. Uri Liberman, IOF Board Member, who gave a very interesting lecture about osteoporosis. The event was attended by Ms. Irit Inbar, president of the IFOB and Dr. Hana Elroy, President Director of BPW, Tel Aviv.

The highlight of the WOD campaign was the launch of the First Women Leaders' panel on October 23rd- an occasion which called upon policymakers to increase the reimbursement for bone density testing and treatment of osteoporosis for those under 65. The event's patron was the wife of the former president of Israel, Mrs. Reuma Weitzman and the seven women panelists included parliamentarians and prominant women's advocates. Parliamentarian Nehama Ronen spoke about the public pressure to allocate additional resources to the health basket and new parliament member, Orit Noked spoke about her experience as an osteoporosis patient. Ronit Lev-Ari who represents the prime minister's office as councellor for women's rights highlighted the need to provide better access to diagnosis and treatment. Dina Han, vice president of a woman's organization said "we have to struggle for people with osteoporosis before the first fracture". IFOB volunteer attorney, Eti Pilpel called on policymakers to give higher priority to investment in prevention and diagnosis. Dr. Niva Shapiro, a clinical nutritionist, emphasized the one time opportunity to affect bone development in young people by promoting consumption of the recommended amount of calcium.

The panel signed a petition presented to the government leaders and policymakers to make the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis a priority on the public agenda and to increase reimbursement for diagnosis and treatment for those under the age of 65.
A huge banner skirted the panel table with the words
"If you invest in your bones, you'll prevent the first fracture".

30.10.2002

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Italy
Donneuropee Federcasalinghe

"Let's keep moving" is motto for Italian WOD campaign

With its slogan "Osteoporosis? Let's keep moving!"the Italian Society Donneuropee Federcasalinghe focused on the prevention of osteoporosis through exercise.
A booklet which featured the WOD "Prevent the first fracture" poster and information and diagrams illustrating bone-health inducing exercises was distributed in 51 locations. Though walks, gymnastics, aquagym, and dance, members of this large women's organization were encouraged to "keep moving" for better bone health.

12.11.2002

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Italy
Lega Italiana Osteoporosi (LIOS)

LIOS launches national study on quality of life in patients with osteoporosis - and carries out extensive media campaign for WOD

Initiatives of Lega Italiana Osteoporosi for WOD 2002


1. Advertising campaign on the WOD, in collaboration with 14 national daily newspapers (including the 3 most widely read).


2. Radio and TV interviews


3. Thursday 17 October at the Press Club in Milan, public meeting on "Quality of life and osteoporosis".

Participants: Simonetta Betti, Maria Luisa Bianchi, Sergio Ortolani. Moderator: Gianna Milano, medical journalist of Panorama magazine.

4. Launch of a national study on "Quality of life in patients with osteoporosis", in collaboration with SIOMMMS (Italian Society for Osteoporosis, Mineral Metabolism and Skeletal Diseases) and the Institute of Psychology of the University of Milano.

5. Continuing collaboration with UNITRE (The University of Third Age), with which 10 meetings in 10 Italian cities have already been held in the past months.
The 2002 programme will be completed with 4 more meetings:
- Saturday 26 October, Civitavecchia (Roma)
- Friday 15 November, Perosa e Valli (Torino)
- Monday 9 December, Torino San Marco (Torino)
- Friday 13 December, Beinasco (Torino)
For details, call 02-39211533 o 39264299 or visit
http://www.lios.it
(free admission for all those interested)

6. A Direct phone line with Lega Italiana Osteoporosi. During November, Monday thru Wednesday, from 3 to 6 pm, an expert will answer phone questions on the prevention of osteoporosis.

7. Thursday 12 December,
Concert of the Group Amadé in favor of Lega Italiana Osteoporosi at the Milan Conservatory of Music AGiuseppe Verdi@. Music by C. Saint-Saens, F. Danzi, G. Briccialdi e A. Ponchielli. For details, call 02-39211533 o 39264299 or visit http://www.lios.it

8. Launch of the new internet site http://www.lios.it

9. Creation of a ADiary 2003 for the prevention of osteoporosis@, with calcium-rich recipes, advice, information (free admission for all those interested)

6. A Direct phone line@ with Lega Italiana Osteoporosi. During November, Monday thru Wednesday, from 3 to 6 pm, an expert will answer phone questions on the prevention of osteoporosis.

7. Thursday 12 December,
Concert of the Group Amadé in favor of Lega Italiana Osteoporosi at the Milan Conservatory of Music AGiuseppe Verdi@. Music by C. Saint-Saens, F. Danzi, G. Briccialdi e A. Ponchielli. For details, call 02-39211533 o 39264299 or visit LIOS website

8. Launch of the new internet site http://www.lios.it

9. Creation of a ADiary 2003 for the prevention of osteoporosis@, with calcium-rich recipes, advice, information

04.11.2002

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Jordan
Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS)

New poster supports JOPS' national campaign



With the help of the IOF-MSD Education award won in 2001, the JOPS established a National Campaign Against Osteoporosis. The campaign will reach out to the general population, health decision-makers, government officials and insurance companies, via posters, screening programmes, a media campaign, lectures and conferences.

REcently a new poster was created which illustrates the "osteoporosis prevention' life cycle: Good bone health begins in youth and includes early diagnosis to prevent osteoporosis in later life.

21.11.2002

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Lithuania
Lithuanian Osteoporosis Foundation

Leading ladies in Lithuania hold "Roundtable Table" event



First Lady of Lithuania Alma Adamkiene signs the "Call to Action" document. At her side is Mel Read, MEP UK and Chair of the European Parliament Osteoporosis Interest Group.

On October 24th, the Lithuanian Osteoporosis Foundation held a Round Table discussion in Vilnius featuring leading women from the region. As well as invited officials and speakers, the event featured the participation of the Foundation's patron, Lithuanian First Lady Mrs. Alma Adamkiene. A "Call to Action" document was signed. The document calls on the legislative and executive authorities in Lithuania to draw attention to the problem of osteoporosis by:

Recognizing that osteoporosis is a public health priority

Facilitating access to bone mineral density scans for people with osteoporosis risk factors.

Facilitating access to treatment before the first fracture for people with osteoporosis and expand possibilities for treating osteoporosis with fracture

Improving the financial possibilities of the largest social osteoporosis risk group - elderly people - for diagnosis and treatment.

08.10.2002

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Mexico
Comité Mexicano para la Prevención de la Osteoporosis A.C. (COMOP)

Celebración del Día Mundial de la Osteoporosis, 2002 en México



Reportaje publicado en los principales diarios de circulación nacional con motivo de la celebración del Día Mundial de la Osteoporosis 2002 en México.

El pasado 15 de noviembre el Comité Mexicano para la Prevención de la Osteoporosis A.C. (COMOP) llevó a cabo un desayuno y conferencia de prensa dentro del marco de las celebraciones del Día Mundial de la Osteoporosis.

Esta fecha es un punto focal relevante para informar al público en general y a los legisladores en salud sobre la prevención de una enfermedad que todavía es poco conocida.

El Dr. Juan A. Tamayo, Fundador y Director General de COMOP explicó la importancia de formar huesos fuertes durante la infancia y adolescencia, para evitar la osteoporosis en la vida adulta.Por esta razón COMOP ha desarrollado un programa de educación en salud llamado "Invierte en tus Huesos", el cual fue implementado como proyecto piloto en la Escuela Maestro Manuel Acosta y se llevará a cabo en varias escuelas del área metropolitana en este ciclo escolar.

La Sra. Ma. Elena Cabrera de Cerisola, asistió en representación de la Sra. Marta Sahagún de Fox y dentro de su mensaje resaltó la importancia del programa educativo para entender la enfermedad y saber cómo prevenirla, además enfatizó que "la mejor prevención empieza desde la edad temprana".

La Dra. Felicia Knaul, representante de la Lic. Josefina Vázquez Mota, Secretaria de Desarrollo Social, habló del significado social de la transición epidemiológica por la que atraviesa nuestro país y el reto que representa seguir combatiendo la desnutrición y enfermedades infecciosas, a la vez que se trabaja en la prevención de enfermedades crónico-degenerativas, entre ellas la osteoporosis.

También estuvieron presentes la Sra. Mely de Lichtinger y la Dra. Diane Pérez de noticieros Televisa, quien señaló la responsabilidad de los medios de comunicación en difundir información actualizada para ayudar en la prevención de la osteoporosis.

El Sr. Fernando Platas, clavadista y medallista olímpico, enfatizó el papel que desempeña el ejercicio en el fortalecimiento de los huesos.

El mensaje que El Comité Mexicano para la Prevención de la Osteoporosis A.C., junto con la International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) están difundiendo este año es "Invierte en tus huesos: Evita la primera fractura".

Tanto para los servicios públicos de salud, como para las compañías de seguros, es más conveniente prevenir la primera fractura que atender las fracturas posteriores debido a los elevados costos de hospitalización y tratamiento.

A esto hay que agregar el dolor y sufrimiento, que causa una fractura, así como la pérdida de la independencia de la persona que la sufre, creando una carga económica y emocional para toda la familia, de aquí la necesidad de comunicar que la osteoporosis puede ser prevenida, diagnosticada y efectivamente tratada.

Los productos que Bimbo elabora so adicionados con vitaminas y minerales, entre los que se encuentra el calcio,comentó el Lic. Juan Carlos Vázquez y añadió que Bimbo apoya la campaña para prevenir la osteoporosis, ya que considera de vital importancia informar de manera didáctica a la población para fomentar la prevención y el cuidado de la salud.

Como parte de nuestro compromiso con la nutrición, Kellogg fortifica con calcio sus cereales Choco Krispis, Chokos de Melvin y Choco Leche, para fortalecer los huesos de los niños y prevenir la osteoporosis,indicó la Dra. Olga Patricia García.
La nutrición y el bienestar de las personas son lo más importante para Nestlé, nos dijo la Lic. Sahicko Vera, por eso cuenta con productos que ayudan a prevenir la osteoporosis, como las leches Nido Extra Calcio y Svelty Calcio Plus.

A su vez, el Lic. Alberto García comentó que Alpura se ha preocupado durante 30 años por ofrecer productos de la más alta calidad.

La Lic. Patricia Santana de Glaxo Smithkline resaltó que Tums es una fuente de calcio complementaria masticable, efectiva y segura.

El Lic. Antonio Campos declaró que Caltrate es el complemento de calcio más recetado por los médicos.



Este evento fue posible, gracias al apoyo de:

Patrocinadores Platino:
Alpura
Bimbo
Nestlé

Patrocinadores Oro:
Kellogg’s
Tums

Patrocinadores Plata:
Caltrate
Chopo
Nike
Osteosol

Comité Mexicano para la Prevención de la Osteoporosis A.C. (COMOP)
Insurgentes Sur 299. Col. Hipódromo. México D.F. 06100
Tel. 5574-1900, 5574-1810, LADA sin costo 01 800-715-3638

Edición. Arturo Cabra acabra@osteofound.org

31.01.2003

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Pakistan
Osteoporosis Society of Pakistan

WOD day activities of Osteoporosis Society of Pakistan

On WOD - 2002 Osteoporosis Society of Pakistan is oraganizing a public walk at Clifton Karachi. Its theme is invest in your bones.

19.09.2002

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Palestine
Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society

World Osteoporosis Day 2002 in Palestine

Despite the prevailing and life threatening political conditions in Palestine which entail closures, curfews, shelling and siege imposed on the territories, POPS will celebrate WOD 2002 as it used to do every year and even with greater presence throughout Palestine.

POPS is planning a "One Minute Test" Campaign for one week starting on October 20, 2002. Three hundred volunteer field workers from the Union of Palestine Relief (UPMR), the largest and widely spread primary health care organization in the country, will complete the carbon-copy questionnaires for around 50000 women from all parts of the Palestinian territories including the Gaza strip. One copy will be given to the women and one will be kept by the POPS office for statistical analysis. All volunteer field workers will wear a uniform (sweat shirts and caps) while filling in the risk test in major city streets, villages as well as rural areas.The campaign will be announced in national and local media, two weeks before the beginning of the campaign .

The local partners in the campaign are the UPMRC and Vitamilk.

Statistical analysis of the campaign will be conducted later upon raising funds for it.

07.10.2002

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Panama
Fundacion de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas

20 de Octubre Dia de la Alerta Nacional Contra la Osteoporosis

Todo esta preparado para el Concierto de piano en el Teatro Nacional, "Fantasia en Azul"el 22 de octubre a las 8 de la noche,pida su boleto que incluye el CD,al 278-0891 o al Celular:654-5037.

03.09.2002

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Panama
Fundacion de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas

Campaña de FOSEMO para el 20 de octubre.

Mediante la sancion de la Ley 64 del 11 de diciembre de 2001, la Excelentisima Señora Mireya Moscoso, Presidenta de la Republica de Panama, oficializa el marco legal para conmemorar el 20 de octubre de cada año,alertar sobre los riesgos de la osteoporosis, e insta a las instituciones publicas y privadas para que tomen accion conjunta.
Para ello FOSEMO informo anoche 25, en Rueda de prensa las estrategias de la CAMPAÑA: "Invierta en sus huesos, prevenga la primera fractura"y el poster del dia mundial de la osteoporosis de la IOF.

20-octubre:Caminata Parque Omar , 7:00 am
22-octubre:Concierto de piano,"Fantasia en Azul",
con Carlos Cortes, Teatro Nacional, 8:00
pm, boletos en Gran Morrison.
25 y 26octubre:Seminario "Osteoporosis en la Atencion
Primaria"Hotel Continental,Informes-278-0891

26.09.2002

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Panama
Fundacion de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas

Caminata "Invierta en sus huesos"

Con el apoyo del despacho de la Primera Dama de la República y el Minsterio de Salud, FOSEMO ha movilizado a la comunidad para salir a caminar en el Parque reacreativo Omar desde las 7 de la mañana.
A las 8:45 se presentaran las Décimas al hueso sano,
inspiracón del Folklorista Dimas Santos y el grupo Bailes de antaño conformado por parejas mayores de 70 años deleitaran al publico.
La Facultad de Enfermeria participa con 80 unidades
portando anuncios educativos y aplicara una encuesta
de factores de riesgo.

20.10.2002

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Panama
Fundacion de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas

Enfermeras de Panamá destacaron en la Caminata "Invierta en sus Huesos" del 20 de octubre.

La Facultad de Enfermería de la Universidad de Panamá fue la delegacion mas lucida en la Caminata del 20 de octubre, con 70 estudiantes y 10 instructoras que llevaron pancartas y abanicos alusivos al calcio.
Tambien asistieron de la Cancillería , el Instituto de Mercadeo Agropecuario, la Sociedad de Diabeticos e Hipertensos de Arraijan, miembros de FOSEMO niñas y niños y el evento fue transmitido en vivo por la Radio Nacional y filmado por la Policia nacional. La presidenta Dra. Levin dijo que el "reto de Panamá y el MINSA es registar los casos para obtener las estadisticas sobre osteoporosis para el 2003.

Dra.- joan

22.10.2002

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Panama
Fundacion de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas

Panama's World Osteoporsis Day activities

September 25: Osteoporosis alert campaign was launched
in Hotel Continental, famous TV presenter Madeleine Leignadier directed the event.


October 20 - 170 people walked in a public park, some were nurses and medicine students. After this event, a Polka dance group (aged 80 to 97 years!) performed, a song was dedicated to FOSEMO mission to prevent osteoporosis in Panama, and a health fair was held.


October 22: Piano concert show with famous Carlos ortes
group, at the National Theater.

October 26-27: Osteoporosis seminar was held for primary health care professionals.







18.12.2002

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Romania
Romanian Foundation of Osteoarthrology "OSART"

20 octombrie - Ziua Internationala a Osteoporozei October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day



"Ziua Internationala a Osteoporozei" - actiune organizata in Cluj-Napoca de Fundatia "Osart" in colaborare cu societatea Napolact SA Cluj-Napoca (octombrie 2000)


Ziua Internationala a Osteoporozei este marcata la Cluj-Napoca prin actiuni specifice - intalniri cu pacientii, aparitii in media, postere afisate in intreg orasul - in colaborare cu o serie de institutii si organizatii implicate in lupta impotriva acestei boli. Un partener important in actiunile noastre este societatea "Napolact" SA.

28.09.2002

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Romania
Romanian Foundation of Osteoarthrology "OSART"

Ziua Internationala a osteoporozei - O viata fara fracturi World Osteoporosis Day - A life without fractures

Presedintele Fundatiei Romane de Osteoartrologie, Prof. Dr. Horatiu D. Bolosiu, impreuna cu psihologul Mahaela Boutiere, au gazduit o emisiune de o ora la postul local de televiziune NCN, axata pe tema osteoporozei si suferintei cauzata de aceasta boala. Pacientii au avut la dispozitie un numar de telefon pentru a intra in direct si a pune intrebari.

Ziarele locale vor gazdui articole avand ca subiect osteoporoza, cu accent pe suferinta si invaliditatea cauzate de fracturile osteoporotice.

Sub deviza "O viata fara fracturi", "Osart" va media o intalnire a pacientilor cu specialisti in domeniu, care va avea loc in data de 21 octombrie.

17.10.2002

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Slovenia
Slovene Osteoporosis Patient Society

Ni slavila osteoporoza, slavile smo me!

Letošnji svetovni dan osteoporoze smo v Sloveniji zelo odmevno obeležili. Ni bilo medija, ki bi naš praznik spregledal, od nacionalne tiskovne agencije, do dnevnih casopisov in revij. Praznik, 20. oktober smo najprej napovedale s tiskovno konferenco, ki je bila v petek, 18. oktobra. Dr.Duša Zore-Hlade, predsednica Društva za osteoporozo Ljubljana, je novinarjem povedala, kaj društva pravzaprav pocno. Predstavila je ljubljansko društvo, ki je letos organiziralo praznovanje svetovnega dne. Obenem je novinarje znova obvestila, da je društvo spomladi na kongresu svetovne organizacije za osteoporozo v Lizboni dobilo nagrado za projekt, ki ga namerava uresniciti v prihodnjih treh letih.


Udari vedno potihem

Osteoporoza je tiha bolezen, ki se ne napove in ki opozori nase šele s prvim zlomom. Zato je izrednega pomena, da jo odkrijemo in zaustavimo pravocasno, še preden se zlomi prva kost. Najbolj pogosti so zlomi zapestja, najbolj obremenjujoci pa zlomi kolka. Tretjina bolnikov oziroma bolnic ne preživi leta po zlomu kolka. Tretjina nikoli vec ne hodi kakor prej. In samo tretjina je takih, ki se sorazmerno dobro pozdravi. To je žalostna statistika, ki ji želimo enkrat za vselej narediti konec.

Ženske, pri katerih lahko po izpostavljenosti tveganju ocenimo, da utegnejo zboleti za osteoporozo, naj bi šle pravocasno na preiskavo, na merjenje mineralne gostote kosti. Ker je po oceni, upoštevaje svetovne in posebej evropske podatke, ena desetina prebivalstva ogroženega, bi pravocasno ugotovljena bolezen tudi za narodno zdravstveno blagajno pomenila veliko olajšanje. To pomeni, da bi zdravstvena zavarovalnica, ce bi z nami vred vložila denar v pravocasne preiskave, ta denar v bistvu pošteno oplemenitila. Zdravljenje zlomov je namrec bistveno dražje od zdravljenja osteoporoze pred njim.

Trpljenje nikomur ni usojeno

Ta naloga pa od nas terja, da jasno opredelimo, kdo je izpostavljen tveganju. Ženske v obdobju po menopavzi, ki imajo osteoporozo v družini (mati, teta, sestra), ženske, ki so bolj šibke telesne gradnje, zelo vitke, tudi kadilke, pa še tiste, ki morda jemljejo zdravila proti revmatizmu, boleznim jeter ali astmi, so bolj izpostavljene tveganju in bi morale iti na preiskavo. S pravocasno odkrito osteoporozo ne bodo imele težav "starih bab", kot so še ne tako dolgo tega nekateri zanicljivo opredeljevali osteoporozo, bolezen, ki je mnogim ženskam povzrocila hude težave, neverjetne bolecine. Najbolj okrutno od vsega je, da bi še kar naprej mislili, da jim je trpeti pravzaprav usojeno...

V Sloveniji imamo, upoštevaje že prej omenjena merila, okrog 200.000 bolnikov in bolnic z osteoporozo. Ker se tudi pri nas prebivalstvo stara, bo teh bolnikov v prihodnosti vedno vec. Zato je treba bolezen kar najbolj ucinkovito ukrotiti. Proces, za katerega skoraj nismo verjeli, da se bo tako razširil, se je že zacel. Najbolj ucinkoviti smo, ce ljudi dobro in pogosto informiramo. Zato je bila obeležitev svetovnega dneva osteoporoze pri nas, zdaj to že lahko recemo, velik uspeh. V dvorani Mercurius so se na popoldne pred praznikom zbrale naše clanice in clani in prostor napolnili do zadnjega koticka. Dr.Duša Zore-Hlade je prireditev vodila, predsednica Zveze društev Vera Gruenfeld pa je clanom porocala, kaj se je v zvezi v zadnjem letu dogajalo. Poslušalstvo je izvedelo, da društva prirejajo skupinske telovadbe, da hodijo plavat, da se družijo na izletih in izmenjujejo dragocene izkušnje, pa tudi drug drugemu pomagajo.

Je res kaj novega?
Prof.dr. Andreja Kocijancic, ki jo mirno lahko imenujemo botro slovenskih društev za osteoporozo- pobudo, da se ustanovi prvo, je dala prav ona- je izzvala radovednost udeležencev v dvorani, ko je napovedala predavanje z naslovom: Kaj veste in cesa še ne veste o osteoporozi.
"Že 18 let vam pripovedujem iste stvari. Le kako naj vas zdaj presenetim z necim novim? Je medicina prišla do kakšnih novih zakljuckov? Za vas sem poskusila izbrskati poudarke, za katere menim, da so bili morda do zdaj malo zanemarjeni," je rekla prof.Kocijanciceva.
Razložila je, da lahko diagnozo osteoporoza postavi tudi kirurg, ki operira bolnico po zlomu. Med operacijo namrec vidi, kakšna je kost . Res pa je, da je bolj dobrodošlo, ce je bolezen ugotovljena, še preden se kost zlomi.

Nevarnost spolnih hormonov

Osteoporozo znajo zdravniki danes sorazmerno dobro zdraviti. Na voljo je vec skupin zdravil. Ženski spolni hormoni so prva taka skupina. Ce jih ženska dobi takoj po menopavzi, se razvoj bolezni zelo ucinkovito prepreci oziroma zaustavi. Kolicina kostne mase se ne zmanjšuje. Vendar pa je pomemben cas jemanja hormonov: jemati jih je treba vec let, lahko deset ali še vec. To pa ima tudi hude neželene ucinke. Znano je, da spolni hormoni vplivajo na nastanek raka na dojkah. Bolnicam, ki so v nevarnosti za trombozo, jih prav tako ne smejo predpisati. Povsem novo pa je odkritje, da jemanje hormonov pospeši možgansko kap ali srcni infarkt. Zato je postalo dolgotrajno predpisovanje ženskih spolnih hormonov mocno vprašljivo.

Bisfosfonati so v Sloveniji že dokaj uveljavljena zdravila za bolnike z osteoporozo. Zdravilo, kot je povedala prof.Kocijanciceva, je zelo ucinkovito in ga lahko bolnik oziroma bolnica brez škode uživa veliko let. Raloksifen, zdravilo, ki dobrodejno vpliva tudi na dojke (ženske zašciti pred rakom dojk), na maternico (s podobnim ucinkom) in hkrati znižuje raven škodljivega holesterola v krvi, vpliva na zmanjševanje številov zlomov hrbtenicnih vretenc. Izboljša kakovost življenja, na povecevanje kostne gostote pa ne vpliva. Kalcitonin prav tako zmanjšuje število zlomov hrbtenicnih vretenc, vendar pa ne vpliva na zamnjševanje števila drugih zlomov.

Na slavje v Mercuriusu je prišel tudi dr.Radko Komadina, ki je za našo državo septembra letos podpisal deklaracijo o desetletju gibal. To je gibanje, ki se ukvarja z opozarjanjem, osvešcanjem, informiranjem o boleznih gibal, od revmatizma do osteoporoze in najrazlicnejših poškodb. Tako je naša država postala sestavni del gibanja, ki pomaga ljudem, da lažje živijo, tudi ko zbolijo ali pa se dokaj usodno poškodujejo. Gibanje daje ljudem upanje, da je lahko prihodnost dosti bolj rožnata, kot smo jo vcasih sami pripravljeni videti.
MILKA KRAPEŽ

24.11.2002

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Switzerland
Donna Mobile Arbeitsgemeinschaft Osteoporose Schweiz

"L'Osteoporose n'est pas une fatalite" Meeting to be held in Geneva for World Osteoporosis Day

On October 23rd the Swiss Association Against Osteoporosis and Donna Mobile will be holding a meeting for the public at Geneva's University Hospital.


Prof. Rene Rizzoli (holding the newly launched report "Osteoporosis in the Workplace) and participant

State Councillor Madame Francoise Saudan will be hosting the event which will also feature patients speaking about their experiences with osteoporosis, a presentation by the head of IOF's Committee of Scientific Advisors, Professor Rene Rizzoli, a roundtable discussion of health professionals and a "calcium-rich" foods tasting session.


Mrs. Beatrice Geier, President of Donna Mobile,the Swiss osteoporosis patient organization, spoke at the meeting

10.10.2002

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Switzerland
Swiss Association against Osteoporosis

"L'Osteoporose n'est pas une fatalite" Meeting to be held in Geneva for World Osteoporosis Day

On October 23rd the Swiss Association Against Osteoporosis and Donna Mobile will be holding a meeting for the public at Geneva's University Hospital.

State Councillor Madame Francoise Saudan will be hosting the event which will also feature patients speaking about their experiences with osteoporosis, a presentation by the head of IOF's Committee of Scientific Advisors, Professor Rene Rizzoli, a roundtable discussion of health professionals and a "calcium-rich" foods tasting session.

10.10.2002

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Thailand
Thai Osteoporosis Foundation

Thailand's WOD activities

Thailand's World Osteoporosis Day activities were held during the annual meeting of the Thai Orthopaedic surgeons in Pattaya. The special WOD display and activities had a dual purpose: to increase awareness among the public and to heighten awareness ofthe orthopaedic surgeons who often do not realize their critical role in diagnosing and caring for osteoporosis patients.


"Invest in your bones" brochure with risk test which was distributed at WOD. The cover shows the society's patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana KromLuang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra

Sponsors and organizers of the WOD event
A special booklet which featured the "Invest in your bones" report on bone development in youth authored by Prof. Philippe Bonjour in 2001, was distributed. It also included the "one minute risk test".

Throughout 2002 the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation has been carrying out a public awareness program in 32 locations of a prominant chain of department stores.
Using the "one minute risk test", these displays were aimed at increasing personal awareness of osteoporosis among the public.

12.11.2002

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Turkey
Osteoporosis Patient Society of Turkey

Osteoporosis Patient Society of Turkey's grand events for World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day events began on October 18, 2002 with a lunch and press conference with journalists which will be attended by the society's new Honorary President, Filiz Akin, a famous Turkish actress. Together with the President, and the Board, members of the Society talked about the importance of WOD 2002, and all activities/

This was followed by a high-profile coctail and private theater show at the Hotel Armada at which the
Honorary President’s guests, including leading business leaders,actresses and actors, attended. Guests included Yýldýz Kenter, one of Turkey's most famous artists.A theatre presentation "About Life" was held at the Kenter Theatre.



From left: the Osteoporosis Patient Society's Honorary President Filiz Akin; President of the Society, Gulseren Akyuz; Social Committee Chairwoman, Fidan Cetin.

On Saturday, October 19, 2002 a panel discussion with Filiz Akin, the Honorary President; Gulseren Akyuz, the President; the representative member of the Government, the Major of Istanbul was held.

The panel discussed the importance of osteoporosis in the world and in Turkey.This was followed by an evening of dinner and music at the Hotel Armada

On Sunday October 20, 2002 a brunch was held with guests being the famous writers Murathan Mungan and Buket Uzuner. The topic was healthy aging, quality of life, and our bones.
In the afternoon an "Osteoforum" was held where patients with osteoporosis and doctors discuss the outcomes of the disease. A famous speaker hosted this meeting, and the media was invited to attend. 16:00 – 18:00

An opening Buffet and concert by well-known singer Zuhal Olcay followed at the Hotel Armada

08.10.2002

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Turkey
The Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of Turkey (SEMT)

The Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism of Turkey's WOD information campaign

This year WOD activities are focused immediately before and after the 20 th of October. Prof. Dr. Tümay Sözen, head of the Osteoporosis Working Group of the Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism of Turkey, organized and facilitated a public conference to doctors and the Faculty Staff of the Health Center of the Middle East Tecnical University. Some 100 people attended the hour-long conference which was followed by an interactive question and answer session.

This was followed on the 18th of October by a similar conference to the Nursing Staff of the University Hospital. Other members of the society are also conducting seminars and conferences in
their University Hospitals as well. Nurses are considered a very good target group which might
play a very important role in enlightening the patient population ( not necessarily osteoporotic)when they contact them during normal nurse -patient
interrelations in the hospital.

On the 19th of October,another public conference will be given to women (about 300 in number )who were taught how to read and write by a civil voluntary organization and recently accomplished this task. These women live in slum areas of the city of Ankara. Then on the 21 th of october a public conference will be held for a similar population of women in
Van,which is a city located in the eastern part of
Turkey. Along with all these activities society members will make appearances or speeches on local or National TV Channels or radio broadcasts.

17.10.2002

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Yugoslavia
Yugoslav Osteoporosis Society

World Osteoporosis Day 2004 in Yugoslovia



World Osteoporosis Day event
We organized manifestations with our stands in Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad. WOD posters were printed and placed on all stands.One minute millennium risk tests were distributed in all cities. Milk products and pharmacological calcium preparations were offered for free due to courtesy of our sponsors (Milk Company). Several medical teams were organized in all cities. Their task was to give medical advice concerning diagnostics and treatments of osteoporosis. During WOD signatures were collected for petition for reimbursement of bisphosphonates (in Yugoslavia these medications are not reimbursed). In Belgrade we organized the lottery in which 50 winners underwent ultrasound bone density measurement. After these events a short walk in the center of the three cities mentioned.

12.11.2002

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