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World Osteoporosis Day
October 20, 2003

National Activities

Australia
Osteoporosis Australia

Australia’s first Women Leaders’ Roundtable for osteoporosis - World Osteoporosis Day 2003

Ten prominent women gathered in Sydney on October 20, 2003 to address fracture prevention at Australia’s first ever Women Leaders’ Roundtable for osteoporosis.

This special event, marking World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), involved female leaders from the nation’s medical, business, political, communications, entertainment and sporting industries, delivering individual presentations on osteoporosis in a closed media forum.

The Roundtable, chaired by journalist Maxine McKew, concluded with all members signing and submitting a giant fractured bone and letter to the Federal Government seeking further support for the prevention of fractures.

An impressive list of participants have volunteered their time to support this important women’s health issue today, by addressing the human cost and economic burden of this debilitating disease. The women included Senator the Hon. Kay Patterson, Maxine McKew, Pru Goward, Amanda Keller, Barbara Holborow, Dr Linda Ferris, Dr Gabrielle Casper, Jane Saville, Belinda Green and Meredith Hellicar.

The Roundtable was followed by a WOD luncheon for more than 300 business women at the Four Seasons Hotel.

24.10.2003

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Belgium
Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients

NATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON WOD 2003

In the past months, the BVO-ABO undertook a market survey, helped enormously by the Socialist Women Group(SVV). We had thousands of men and women compile the "One minute risk test", and those patients with a high score were tested for free with Sahara ultrasound heel machine.
The survey illustrated clearly that over 70% of the tested people were not aware of their health situation!
Hence the demand we formulate on the press conference : "Reimburse the DEXA for people belonging to the risk groups!
We invited a few celebrities, hoping they will gain us press coverage. We invited several patients associations, like cancer, hepato-transplant, or astma societies on the press conference, to help put pressure on the gouvernement to accept to reimburse the charges of the DEXA for risk patients. We will keep you informed.

12.10.2003

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Belgium
Belgian Association for Osteoporosis Patients

EU Action Plan of november 12th 2003 anounced on press conference BVO-ABO

This initiative, that will be held in conjunction with the exhibit of Oliviero Toscani's "Photographic Vision on Osteoporosis" will receive extra attention on the press conference of the Belgian Association of Osteoporosis Patients. Although the exhibit is not open to the public, we hope that we help in this way to envolve a larger press converage of the event.

12.10.2003

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Brazil
Brazilian Society of Osteoporosis (SOBRAO)

World Osteoporosis Day March attracted hundreds

On October 26, 2003 the Brazilian Society of Osteoporosis held a public event at the Forte do Leme, a historic venue near Copabana beach. Hundreds of people, wearing World Osteoporosis Day T-shirts, attended the event which included a community march, exercise, and free bone density examination for those a risk of osteoporosis.

The event was sponsored by Tetra Pak and Lilly with the support of the veja Rio and Jornal do Brasil.



Speakers at a press conference held for invited journalists included (from left) IOF Board Member from Argentina Dr. J. Zanchetta, ; IOF CEO Daniel Navid, Chairman of SOBRAO Dr. Rubem Lederman,; SOBRAO Managing Director Mrs. Myriam Hagen





24.10.2003

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Bulgaria
Association 'Women without Osteoporosis'

TV spot draws huge public interest - New World Osteoporosis Day campaign planned.

The TV-spot "The train", translated in Bugarian,
was first presented to journalists at a special press conference at the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency(BTA)
on 15 March, 2003.

After consultations made with McCann-Erickon- Bulgaria, the Association "Women without osteoporosis"
contacted the Board of Bulgarian national television(BNT) and as a result the "Train" was presented
every day in the period from 5 June to 15 June 2003 all over the country during different time zones,
incl. the "peak time".

The second part of the TV-campaign will start in middle of September'2003 in occasion of WOD, when we
expect except BNT,to involve in the campaign two other national channels - bTv and Nova televizia.

So far, more than 10,000 one-minute risk tests were returned to the association. This will help gather statistics on the number of people at risk in Bulgaria - statistics which are currently lacking.

27.08.2003

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Bulgaria
Association 'Women without Osteoporosis'

Osteoporosis awareness campaign in Bulgaria devoted to World Osteoporosis Day 2003

Bearing in mind the tremendous public interest shown for World Osteoporosis Day during previous years, the Association "Women without Osteoporosis" announced October 2003 as the month dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis. It was launched in the Black Sea town of Varna on October 1 with a patient meeting - lecture organized by Association "Women without Osteoporosis" and Hygiene-Epidemiological Inspectorate (HEI) of the town, with the kind hospitality of the Varna Municipality. The big plenary hall of the Municipality was over-filled from the local public assembled to hear the welcoming speech of Dr. Zdravko Markov, Head of Direction "Health and Social Activities" at Varna Municipality, the lecture of the honourable Prof. Lidia Koeva, as well as the presentation of the Association made from its deputy-chairwoman Ms Tzanka Misheva, journalist of the Bulgarian National Radio. The meeting marked the start of the local section of the Association, which drew enormous interest on the part of the local media and many first-time members enrolled on the spot!

The Campaign was carried out in collaboration with the Hygiene-Epidemiological Inspectorates in more than 20 regions of the country, distributing by them the translated reports of IOF "Osteoporosis at working place" and "Life-style quality". In particular,transmission of the video clip "The Train" was offered by the local TV-channels in the whole country. Simultaneously, the "One-minute Test" for assessment of the osteoporosis risk was distributed.

The background of the Campaign were the osteometric examinations carried out in over 10 regions. For this purpose, the Association "Women without Osteoporosis" involved the local specialists working with osteometers and where they were missing - organized teams coming from other towns. The measurements were performed at the local HEIs achieving in this way excellent information coverage about the Campaign and an orderly organization.

As its well known, the osteometric examinations in Bulgaria have no reimbursement. For this reason, the Campaign was organized throughoutthe country at preferential rates (considerably lower than the common ones) . In about three weeks only, several thousands examinations have been made. And because of the numerous orders, the Campaign continues in November and December.

In the city of Sofia, from October 20 to October 24, an exhibition of foods, additives and measurement instruments for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis under the motto "Quality of life" was carried out. It was visited by over 2000 people. There, the members of the Corporative Council of the Association were represented with own stands – the pharmaceutical companies "Eli Lilly", “Merck, Sharp and Dohme" and “Novartis”, as well as firms-producers of foods and additives – “Schmidt-Í” and “Kendy”. During the exhibition, 8 mobile ultrasound apparatuses were working. At the same time, other devices made the round of women collectives in the Capital – schools, kindergartens, institutes, private firms.

This large program devoted to WOD-2003 was the final stage of the three-year Campaign of the Association "Women without Osteoporosis" called “One minute for health - health for all life". During the latter, in a period of 2 years, the "One-minute Test" for assessment of the risk factors for osteoporosis was distributed in more than 50 000 copies and thousands of people themselves estimated their personal risk of the disease. So, at the end of the Campaign they could examine also their bone density. After processing of the data obtained, they will serve as a stable basis for assessment of the risk factors for osteoporosis - a very important fact for the missing statistics in Bulgaria.

The culmination of the WOD campaign was the visit of Ms Mel Read M.E.P. - founder and Chairwoman of the Group on Osteoporosis at the European Parliament. She arrived in the country at the invitation of the Association "Women without Osteoporosis" and her first meeting was in the Parliament with Prof. Atanas Shterev – Head of the Parliament Health Commission.

The Bulgarian Women’s Forum against Osteoporosis was held at "Sheraton-Balkan" Hotel, Sofia, with participation of prestigious woman's non-governmental organizations like the International Ladies' Club-Sofia to which belong women-diplomats and ambassadors' wives, leading Bulgarian specialists in the fields of osteoporosis, representatives of scientific medical societies, ministries and departments, connected with the spheres of health. There was a strong interest to the event on the part of the journalists from the Capital media. The speech of Ms Mel Read-M.E.P. was very stimulating and met with excitement from the audience. The present elite ladies' public, representing the non-governmental sector, signed a document "Call for action" addressed to the governmental institutions of the country to undertake urgent measures for limitation of osteoporosis before the first fracture. At the end of the event was performed a fashion show of clothes for women with osteoporosis developed by the young designer Ms Veneta Atanassova to order of the Association "Women without Osteoporosis".

28.10.2003

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Bulgaria
Association 'Women without Osteoporosis'

Ms Mel Read, MEP. - took the lead of the First Bulgarian Women's Forum Against Osteoporosis



Moments from First Bulgarian Women’s Forum against Osteoporosis: Mrs. Mel Read – M.E.P.(left) and representatives of International Women’s club of Sofia

The culmination the WOD campaign in Bulgaria was the visit of Ms Mel Read M.E.P. - founder and Chairwoman of the Group on Osteoporosis at the European Parliament. She arrived in the country at the invitation of the Association "Women without Osteoporosis" and her first meeting was in the Parliament with Proff. Atanas Shterev – Head of Parliament Health Commission .

The Bulgarian Women’s Forum against Osteoporosis was held at "Sheraton-Balkan" Hotel, Sofia, with the participation of prestigious woman's non-governmental organizations like the International Women’s Club of Sofia whose members include women-diplomats and ambassadors' wives, leading Bulgarian specialists in the fields of osteoporosis, representatives of scientific medical societies, ministries and departments, connected with the spheres of health. There was a strong interest to the event on the part of the journalists from the Capital media. The speech of Ms Mel Read was very stimulating and met with excitement from the audience. The present elite ladies' public, representing the non-governmental sector, signed a "Call for action" document addressed to the governmental institutions of the country to undertake urgent measures for limitation of osteoporosis before the first fracture.



A fashion show was held after the Women's Roundtable. It featured clothes designed for women with osteoporosis by the young designer Ms Veneta Atanassova.

At the end of the event, a fashion show was held featuring clothes for women with osteoporosis developed by the young designer Ms Veneta Atanassova.

03.11.2003

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Bulgaria
Bulgarian League for the Prevention of Osteoporosis

Bulgarian League for the Prevention of Osteoporosis (BLPO) activities in 2003

April 2003: Working meeting with Buglarian general practitioners. The meeting "Osteoporosis - whom and how to treat".

September 2003: Monograph entitled "Osteoporosis" was issued by Prof. A-M.Borissova

September/October 2003: Through the active cooperation and strenous efforts of the BLPO and the Association of Clinical Densitometry, the National Health Fund approved alendronate and raloxiphene for the treatment of severe osteoporosis (and now offer partial reimbursement).

World Osteoporosis Day events were held, including training course for primary school teachers, training course for journalists, and free bone density testing among ethnic minorities.

On October 24, BLPO, with the assistance of MSD Bulgaria, held a Round Table entitled "Bulgarian Women's Forum Against Osteoporosis".Special guests of the meeting included Mel Read, MEP UK and the wives of Ambassadors from USA,Spain and Italy. Prof. A-M. Borissova described the situation of osteoporosis in Bulgaria, underlining the major problem - poor knowledge about the disease among health authorities.

16.02.2004

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Chile
Fundacion Chilena de Osteoporosis

World Osteoporosis Day community event

A morning of educational and recreational activities were held in Chile to on October 18, 2003 in celebration of World Osteoporosis Day.
A poster announcing the event was distributed widely. Gymnastics demonstrations, calcium rich food tasting and interactive exhibits on osteoporosis were supported by experts on hand to offer information and free densitometry testing. A family run and bicycle race were held. The event was attended by well-known



World Osteoporosis Day poster announcing event

28.10.2003

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China
China Osteoporosis Foundation (COF)

Tetra Pak Bone Up with Milk’ Shanghai Supports World Osteoporosis Day With 200,000 packs of fresh milk



Stage for World Osteoporosis Day event

Over a hundred TV, sports and entertainment celebrities gathered on October 20, 2003 in Shanghai in celebration of the ‘Tetra Pak Bone Up with Milk Charity Drive’ for World Osteoporosis Day. This event was jointly hosted by Shanghai Charity Foundation (SHCF), the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), Shanghai Media Group (SMG), and Oriental Satellite TV (OSTV). The event was solely sponsored by Tetra Pak China Ltd (TPC), who donated 200,000 packs of milk at the event to promote the awareness of a healthy quality of life. Osteoporois prevention begins with bone-healthy nutrition, which includes calcium-rich milk.




What was so unusual about this event? This was a milestone charity achievement and for China’s Osteoporosis Foundation: the first time ever, with such a large number of celebrities participating and the attendance by such senior officials, which included: Ms. CHEN Tiedi, Chairwoman of SHCF; Prof. LIU Zhonghou, China chief representative of the IOF; and Mr. Hudson Lee, Managing Director of Tetra Pak China and nearly 100 movie, sports and TV stars.

Some of the celebrities volunteered to donate milk and osteoporosis prevention leaflet to the less fortunate individuals, from senior homes to orphanages, in order to promote the habit of drinking milk in the local communities. Furthermore, other celebrities donated their precious personal belongings at the event for Shanghai Charity Foundation so that they can in turn auction off for the promotion of this cause.

There are over 90 million people suffering from osteoporosis, known as the ‘silent killer’, in China
(accounting for almost 7% of the population). This makes China the country with the highest number of osteoporosis patients in the world. A further 100 million people suffer from joint diseases; this causes a major strain on the national health care program. Recent research has found that although osteoporosis has always been regarded as a disease of senior citizens, it's roots may begin in childhood. This reinforces the need for early prevention through better diet and nutrition.

Experts recommend milk as a natural source of calcium that can help strengthen bones and thereby help prevent osteoporosis. A daily serving of 500ml of milk provides the recommended daily amount (RDA) of calcium for an adult.



Mrs. Chen Tiedi,Chairwoman of SHCF and Prof.LIU Zhonghou,China chief representative of IOF,awarded an IOF honor diploma to Mr.Hudson Lee,Managing Director of Tetra Pak China (centre).


Prof.Liu Zhonghou, Head of China Osteoporosis Foundation, and IOF representative, gave a speech on behalf of IOF on the occasion

23.10.2003

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Costa Rica
Fundación Costarricense de Osteoporosis

Public meeting for World Osteoporosis Day 2003 in Costa Rica

Educating the public about bone health and osteoporosis prevention was the focus of a public meeting held for World Osteoporosis Day in Costa Rica.
The importance of good nutrition rich in calcium, and exercise, was stressed.





31.10.2003

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France
Groupe de Recherche et d'Information sur les Ostéoporoses (GRIO)

World Osteoporosis Day events in 16 cities across France



GRIO's World Osteoporosis Day logo

On Saturday October 18, 2003 GRIO will be holding World Osteoporosis Day meetings in 16 cities across France. The events will be open to the public and will feature workshops, games, and the opportunity to learn about and discuss osteoporosis with doctors and other health care professionals.

The events will be held in the cities of Amiens, Bethuse, Bordeaux, Clermont, Fougéres, Hesdin, Lille, Lyon, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Orléons, St. Amand-Les-Eaux, St. Etienne, Strasbourg and Toulouse. Visit the GRIO website www.grio.org for detailed information.

01.10.2003

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Greece
Hellenic Foundation of Osteoporosis (HELIOS)

Strong media coverage of WOD event in Athens

A large public meeting in the Zapeion Megaron in Athens Greece was organized by the Hellenic Foundation of Osteoporosis (HELIOS) and the Hellenic Society of Osteoporosis Patient Support (a society with more than 1000 members) The meeting was held in co-operation with the Municipality of Athens and the Mayor of Athens, Mrs Dora Bakoyianni, who is among the most influential Greek politicians. This event also gained extensive media attention as one of the major Green newspapers, Eleftherotypia, published a special issue on osteoporosis (circulation 100000 copies!). All Greek newspapers, TV and radio stations covered the event.

04.02.2004

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Greece
Hellenic Society for the Study of Bone Metabolism

Public meeting held on in Thessaloniki for World Osteoporosis Day

The Hellenic Society for the Study of Bone Metabolism celebrated World Osteoporosis Day in Thessaloniki , the second largest city in Greece, on the 19th of October 2003.

A public meeting was held in a large theatre, featuring five to six presentations on osteoporosis, and its relation to nutrition, its pathology and the consequences - fractures as a result of falls. Prevention was also a prominent theme. The audience included people of all ages and social backgrounds. The event was supported by posters and the one-minute risk test. Prof. Peter Burckhardt, Chair of IOF’s Committee of National Societies was invited to speak on the occasion.

24.10.2003

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation

Large scale prevention program launched with World Osteoporosis Day 2003 Health Exhibition

The World Osteoporosis Day has been celebrated in Hong Kong annually since 2000. This year, Jockey Club Centre for Osteoporosis Care and Control (JOCOC) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) joins hands with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), Asian Pacific Osteoporosis Foundation (APOF), Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation (HKOF) and Hong Kong Federation of Women (HKFW) to organise a large-scale osteoporosis prevention programme in Asia. The first of it is the “2003 World Osteoporosis Day Health Exhibition”, which was held on 19 October at the New Town Plaza, Shatin, Hong Kong. The theme of the exhibition was “Invest in Your Bones”. Prof. Kenneth Young, Acting Vice-Chancellor of The CUHK, Dr. Ping-yan Lam, Director of the Department of Health, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mrs. Alice Chiu, Chair of the Asian Regional Development and Promotion Committee, IOF, Mr. Paul Sochaczewski, Head of Communications, IOF, Mrs. Peggy Lam, Chairperson of the HKFW and Prof. Edith Lau, Director of JOCOC officiated at the opening ceremony.

A stepper relay was held in an attempt to create a world record. A total of 200 people participated in the stepper relay for a consecutive of six hours. The organisers hope to raise public awareness on the importance of regular weight-bearing exercises, and encourage them to take responsibility of their bone health.

During the day, over 8,000 people attended the event, of which 600 received ultrasound bone mineral density test. The health exhibition also featured fracture risk assessment, measurement of Body Mass Index, exhibition of high calcium diet, consultation on bone health, and performance. In addition, there was an interactive “Ask an expert” session in which medical professionals offered expert advice on bone health problems to the audience on site.






Educational leaflets and risk assessment questionnaires were distributed



Free bone densitometry testing and risk assessment were offered at the exhibition

Jockey Club Centre for Osteoporosis Care and Control was established in 2001 with the mission to promote healthier bones for all and to improve the quality of life of osteoporosis sufferers. At a press conference preceding the Exhibition, Prof. Edith Lau, director of JOCOC, spoke about the organization’s important community work. An example is the free bone density examination service program offered to recovered SARS patients in Hong Kong. Studies will be conducted to study the bone health of SARS patients whose bone health may be impacted by the disease or its therapy.




Prof. Edith Lau, director of JOCOC, with an air trumpet signaling the start of the attempt to set the world record in stepping.

31.10.2003

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation

Launch of new international print advertising campaign at Hong Kong World Osteoporosis Day press conference

IOF's Headof Communications Paul Sochaczewski spoke to journalists at the launch of IOF's international print advertising campaign in Hong Kong during a special World Osteoporosis Day press conference.
Prof. Edith Lau, president of the Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation and IOF board member also announced the society's World Osteoporosis Day events and campaign.



Paul Sochaczewski, IOF head of communications, presents the new advertising campaign to the media

The new print advertising, including World Osteoporosis Day posters, reflects the theme of
"Quality of Life" in osteoporosis. The severe impact of osteoporosis on quality of life and the idea of prevention through a exercise are both reflected in the campaign artwork.

06.11.2003

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation

Osteoporosis Concern Groups and Women Organization to Conquer Osteoporosis in Hong Kong

(Hong Kong, 24 October 2004) International Osteoporosis Foundation, Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation, Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Federation of Women, the Osteoporosis Centre, University of Hong Kong, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Osteoporosis Care and Control today jointly organised World Osteoporosis Day 2004 Health Exhibition. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, medical experts urged Hong Kong people to take action to prevent osteoporosis.

Dr. Edith Lau, president of Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation, said, "Osteoporosis takes away our bone mass without symptoms. With the aging population in Hong Kong, osteoporosis is a threat to Hong Kong, especially those postmenopausal women."

Prof. Annie Kung, president of Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong, said,"Hong Kong people should receive bone density test regularly, to have early diagnosis of osteoporosis."

In addition to Dr. Lau and Prof. Kung, Dr. Lam Ping-yan, director of the Department of Health, and Prof. Leung Ping-chung, Director of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Osteoporosis Care and Control, were also the honourable guests attending the opening ceremony of the event.



Dr. P.Y. Lam, Director of the Department of Health, HKSAR Government giving the opening speech

16.11.2004

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Iceland
Beinvernd – The Icelandic Osteoporosis Foundation

Icelandic women MPs invited to World Osteoporosis Day calcium-rich breakfast meeting

On Monday October 20th Beinvernd, the Icelandic Osteoporosis Society, invited all female MPs to a calcium rich breakfast meeting. Iceland's former president, Mrs Vigdis Finnbogadottir, and Beinvernd's patron and former minister of health and insurance Mrs Ingibjörg Palmadottir, attended the event. Dr. Bjorn Gudbjornsson gave a presentation on Quality of Life and osteoporosis and the society launched its first newsletter. The media was invited for maximum press coverage.



Members of Parliament listen to the presentation on quality of life in osteoporosis given by Dr. Dr. Bjorn Gudbjornsson


Jonina Bjartmarz, Member of Parliament and chairman of the Government Committee of Health takes an ultrasound test.


Dr. Bjorn Gudbjornsson gives Beinvernd's patron, Ms Ingibjorg Palmadottir, a copy of the first society newsletter

14.10.2003

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India
Arthritis Foundation of India Trust (AFI)

On World Osteoporosis day- 20th October 2003 A Programme on “Self Management Of Osteoporosis” -Done by Arthritis Foundation Of India (AFI) With the Motto- Bone Health -a Right Realize it

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On occasion of World Osteoporosis Day – 20th October Arthritis Foundation Of India (AFI) in collaboration with Bapu Nature cure Hospital & Yogashram Patparganj Had Organized two days special Yoga Training Camp named “Self Management Of Osteoporosis”. AFI Chairman Dr Sushil Sharma said self management programme for people with weak bones includes a workshop for teaching them various Asanas (exercises in Yoga) which will keep their Bones fit & once learnt they can regularly practice these asanas at home. Also natural therapy like Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture and Mud Therapy about how to deal with Bony Pains was taught. Osteoporosis is a silent epidemic World over, In India not only Women even the Children & Men are susceptible to it which leads to deformities in children& Calcium & Vitamin D metabolism defects (Osteomalacia) in young Men too. Dr Sushil Sharma stressed that to prevent it, a Modified lifestyle & food habits need to be inculcated. To drive home the message in an easy way Arthritis Foundation of India had put up an Exhibition (Poster Gallery) here . The posters were colorful, very informative & easy to understand. The Gallery was a big hit.
Dr Nair the Director of Bapu Nature Cure said that the camp was very successful & hundreds of people who got free Allopathic & Arurvedic checkups were specially appreciative about the Yogic concept of self management & the poster Gallery. Mr. Harsh Sharma Trustee AFI asked people to take up one minute risk test for the weak bones & if found out at risk to take up Bone Density Test at our next Camp. The Event was Widely covered by the national Press.

09.11.2003

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India
Osteoporosis Society of India

Consensus statement on osteoporosis in India released on World Osteoporosis Day



OSI President AB Dey formerly issues the Consensus Statement for Osteoporosis on World Osteoporosis Day

The Osteoporosis Society of India partnered with the Indian Society for Bone & Mineral Research (ISBMR) to observe World Osteoporosis Day on 20 October in New Delhi. On this occasion Dr Nikhil Tandon of ISBMR gave a public lecture on Osteoporosis. The Consensus Statement prepared earlier in the year by an expert group was formally released by OSI President Dr AB Dey. This was followed by a panel discussion and patient interaction.



WOD panel of speakers



Questions from the audience at the World Osteoporosis Day event

The Osteoporosis Society of India had convened an Expert Group Meeting on Osteoporosis at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi on 10th February, 2003. This meeting culminated in the preparation of the consensus statement, the first such initiative in the Indian subcontinent. Nearly 25 experts from all over the country participated in the meeting - a brain storming session where experts from academia, NGOs like HelpAge India, and industry deliberated on the research issues and practical problems facing the country. The meeting was inaugurated by Prof. Hari Gautam, President, National Academy of Medical Sciences.



Prof. Hari Gautam, President of the National Academy of Medical Sciences inaugurates the Expert Group Meeting

The key note plenary lecture was delivered by Dr Rakesh Mittal, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi and the plenary lecture on burden of disease in India was delivered by Dr Rakesh Bahl, Clinical Epidemiologist at AIIMS, New Delhi.



Experts at the group meetings

The guidelines developed by OSI have been endorsed by Association of Gerontology (India), Bone & Joint Decade (India), Indian Academy of Geriatrics, Indian Rheumatology Association and Indian Society for Bone & Mineral Research.

30.12.2003

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Italy
Lega Italiana Osteoporosi (LIOS)

First Italian Women's Roundtable and Marathon among LIOS' 2003 World Osteoporosis Day events

First Italian Women’s Round Table against Osteoporosis
On October20, in Milan, the First Italian Women’s Round Table against Osteoporosis was held, with the sponsorship of the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Famous Italian fashion creator Anna Molinari was the moderator. Among the participants, Italian Senate members Emanuela Baio Dossi and Rossana Boldi, actresses Veronika Logan and Daniela Poggi, entrepreneurs Paola Dukcevich and Ambra Orfei, journalists Antonella Appiano and Gianna Milano, with Maria Luisa Bianchi, M.D., Secretary General of the LIOS. Mrs. Anna Molinari was named “LIOS First Ambassador” and received a LIOS Award for her engagement in the fight against osteoporosis.
The Round Table was covered by TV networks like Odeon TV and RAI 3 (the evening news included an interview with M.L. Bianchi), and by many newspapers and magazines. More articles and TV/radio broadcasts are expected in the next weeks.

In addition, for the second year, LIOS has created a DIARY 2004 for bone’s health, with news, recipes, exercises, suggestions.



women's round table. From the left: actress Veronica Logan, actress Daniela Poggi, entrepreneur Paola Dukcevich, fashion designer Anna Molinari, Secretary General of LIOS Dr. Maria Luisa Bianchi, journalist Antonella Appiano, Italian Senate members Baio Dossi and Rossana Boldi, Milano, entrepreneur Ambra Orfei



women's round table. From left: Veronica Logan, Daniela Poggi, Paola Dukcevich, Anna Molinari, Maria Luisa Bianchi

A Marathon:
On October 11 & 12, at Carpi, near Modena, the famous Memorial Enzo Ferrari Marathon was run. Lega Italiana Osteoporosi (LIOS) was invited to be a sponsor, to underline the importance of physical activity to preserve bone health and prevent osteoporosis. For the occasion, LIOS produced a T-shirt with its society logo and internet address www.lios.it, as well as an “anti-sweat” forehead band with logo



The winner of the "Memorial Enzo Ferrari Marathon" in Carpi at the finish line

17.11.2003

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Japan
Japan Osteoporosis Foundation

Global focus of World Osteoporosis Day in Japan

The Japanese Osteoporosis Foundation issued a series of World Osteoposis Day posters - including a large "Global" poster which shows World Osteoporosis Day efforts around the world and a poster featuring the one-minute osteoporosis risk test. A newsletter was issued with a WOD focus and a message from IOF CEO Daniel Navid.



World Osteoporosis Day newsletter

27.10.2003

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

Mexican dignitaries join in World Osteoporosis Day press conference

A World Osteoporosis Day press conference organized by COMOP in Mexico got major media coverage. Three ministers' wives attended (Communications,Health and Education), and one read a letter from the First Lady in support of osteoporosis prevention. A senior representative from the Health Ministry spoke strongly in support of COMOP's aims as did a well-known TV Anchorwoman. On WOD itself, articles appeared in several news media, including Mexico's major newspaper.

04.12.2003

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Pakistan
Osteoporosis Society of Pakistan

Public Awareness seminar in Lahore, Pakistan for World Osteoporosis Day

Following the 3rd National Seminar on Osteoporosis held on October 18, 2003 in Lahor Pakistan for health professionals, the Osteoporosis Society of Pakistan held a Public Awareness Program on Osteoporosis.
The program was held in the Al-Hanra Hall and was open to the general public.

24.10.2003

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Palestine
Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society

World Osteoporosis Day 2003 in Palestine

Regardless of the critical prevailing political and social situation in Palestine; that encompasses internal and external closures, check points, unemployment and high poverty rate, the Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (POPS) successfully celebrated Word Osteoporosis Day this year. In fact, some of the activities started in October 1st, 2003.

The following activities were held for Word Osteoporosis Day 2003 :

1. The Train: TV advertisement has played on local TVs since October 1st, 2003, three times a day for one month.

2. POPSI Children’s Festival: On October 19th, 2003, a festival for children was held at the Peace Center / Nativity Square in Bethlehem. It was a great success.





250-300 children aged 7 to 13 years were invited to celebrate WOD 2003. A famous children’s theatrical group (INAD), with whom we produced the POPSI song, performed a two hour show with the main theme being calcium intake and exercise. The POPSI song was also played.An awareness competition for children about osteoporosis was organized during the festival, ten gifts were awarded.

The children performed some exercises prepared by the group.All the children were given a pack of flavored milk to drink.They all received a POPSI leaflet regarding the importance of calcium intake and exercise.





3. OPEN DAY AT BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY:
On October 20th, 2003 an open day was organized at Bethlehem University in collaboration with various departments at the University. Approximately 200 participants from the paramedical field working in primary health care and other health organizations attended:

Several lectures and demonstrations were conducted :
· The impact of Osteoporosis : POPS
· Management and Treatment of Osteoporosis:POPS
· Nutrition and Osteoporosis: Nutrition Department.
· Physical Activities and Exercises: Physiotherapy Department.
· Prevention of Falls:Occupational Therapy Department
· Nursing Care and Osteoporosis: Nursing Department.

The “ONE MINUTE RISK TEST” was completed by volunteer university students for university instructors and students as well as for the participants present during that day. Estimated number of tests: 2000.

The Hotel Management department prepared snacks rich in calcium for the participants. It was part of the students' training in this particular department.

Refreshments (milk products; yogurt, milk and flavored milk) will be served.

Brochures:
· Osteoporosis, “The silent disease”.
· Nutrition and osteoporosis.
· Prevention of falls.
· The importance of calcium intake for the family.
· Calcium intake and pregnancy.
· Bone mineral density test.
· Recipes rich in calcium.

In addition, POPS' quarterly newsletter printed for the occasion was distributed to participants.



4. EVENING SESSION:On October 23rd, 2003 an evening session was organized for physicians from the Southern part of Palestine (Hebron) about the management and treatment of osteoporosis.Approximately 120-150 participated.

10.10.2003

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Republic of Macedonia
Macedonian Osteoporosis Foundation

Macedonian Ministry of Health supports World Osteoporosis Day campaign

After meeting personally with the deputy Minister of Health, the Macedonian Osteoporosis Association has acquired the support of the Ministry of Health for its Osteoporosis Day Media campaign.

With the help of the local McCann Erickson office, the Association has made plans for an extensive World Osteoporosis Day media campaign.

To remedy the great lack of awareness about osteoporosis in Macedonia, the President and one member of the association appeared on the national TV on October, 19. They presented the association's program and activities as well as gave information about osteoporosis.
The IOF WOD poster will be translated into the Macedonian language and distributed to the medical centers around the country and it will be exposed there during the whole coming year.
McCann Erickson translated ,, The Train,, TV spot and with our efforts, it was aired on the National TV channels.
The association still makes efforts to contact with some well-known persons and make them interested in becoming Good Will Ambassadors of the Association.

A broshure for 3 specially modificated osteoporosis exercises is in a phase of preparation. Their authors are medical doctor and an expert for physical exercises.

From February the next year, the Foundation is starting with its program to organize women's clubs with the motto ,, straight and active,,. The exercise will be carried out in a gym, twice a week, at the beginning only in Skopje. The doctors, members of the association, will be present during the exercises and will provide advice concerning osteoporosis.

The interest in osteoporosis is growing, as confirmed by the number of the attendees at the last organized lecture by the Foundation when more that 200 women were present. By the end of the year, more than two such lectures will be organized.

23.09.2003

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Singapore
Osteoporosis Society (Singapore)

2004 World Osteoporosis Day Poster Campaign



200 bus shelters throughout Singapore to help raise awareness of osteoporosis

Beginning at the end of October 2004, 200 bus shelters throughout Singapore featured large posters to raise awareness of osteoporosis risk among women. The posters, in both English and Mandarin, gave a hotline number to call so that people could assess their risks for osteoporosis. So far the Osteoporosis Society has received more than 100 calls.


On November 7, 2004 a public forum in both English and Mandarin was held at a Community Centre.

19.11.2004

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Thailand
Thai Osteoporosis Foundation

World Osteoporosis Day 2003 campaign in Thailand



Osteoporosis prevention poster featuring several of Thailand's leading actress

A World Osteoporosis Day lecture called "Osteoporosis and Life", held on October 16in Bangkok marked the start of an osteoporosis awareness campaign that features several of Thailand's leading actresses of different ages. The poster, showing actresses Juree Osiri, Kulsatree "Ning" Siripongpreeda, Manasnan "Donut" Panlertwongsakul and Aritta "Chacha" Ramnarong, focuses on osteoporosis prevention and awareness. Actress Manasnan Panlertwongsakul said
"I hope the campaign will help spread the information and make people take precautions, take a lot of calcium and take care of their health"

20.11.2003

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

Press coverage for public information meeting held on WOD 2003

The Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of Turkey held a public information meeting on osteoproosis which was attended by 350 people. 250 of the participants were given bone densitometry measurements.
The meeting was attended by Turkish national TV and other representatives of the media. Press releases were issued to the main newspapers and magazines.

23.10.2003

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Turkey
Turkish Joint Diseases Foundation

Professor Johnell gave several lectures



Prof. Johnell and Prof. Atik in the 1st Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis Congress

08.11.2003

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Turkey
Turkish Joint Diseases Foundation

1st Congress on Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis

Turkish Joint Diseases Foundation organized a congress on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in Antalya, Turkey. The aim of the meeting was to increase the awareness and the knowledge of the orthopaedic surgeons on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis. With a multidisciplinary approach, the incidence, the prevalance, and the burden of this silent epidemic were disscussed. Professors Olof Johnell, MD and Steven Boonen were guest speakers. Prof. Johnell gave several lectures and participated in panel discussions. Professors Rizzoli and Zacher were not able to attend meeting (they thought it might be risky due to Iraq conflict). Professors Johnell and Atik replaced them).

The speakers tried to answer the following questions
*What is osteoporosis?
*Why should the orthopedic surgeon be concerned?
*How should the patients with osteoporotic fractures be evaluated?
*Who to treat?
*How to treat?

The medical treatment of osteoarthritis was also discussed in this meeting. The major take home message was "you are first physician and then surgeon". The orthopaedic surgeons were told that most of patients with osteoarthritis can be managed with conservative measures.

The economical aspects were also disscussed during the congress.

08.11.2003

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Turkey
Turkish Osteoporosis Society

WOD-2002 and 2003 celebrations



WOD-2002 celebretions started with a press conference

At WOD-2002 famous singers gave concerts

2000 People attended the WOD-2002 celebrations. They were informed about osteoporosis and its consequences.

400 people who attended the WOD celebrations including the rector, army general and singers were screened with heel ultrasonography

Then, the osteoporosis bus started its journey through Turkey

More than 10.000 people living in 21 cities of Turkey were screened randomly and were asked questions regarding osteoporosis risk factors.

WOD-2003 was selebrated at a nursing home

WOD-2003 started with a press conference followed by lunch activity,concerts and a conference on osteoporosis for nursing home attendants

19.07.2004

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Uruguay
Sociedad Uruguaya de Reumatologia

Children's booklet with focus on calcium intake published for World Osteoporosis Day



Building strong bones in childhood is one way to help maintain stronger bones in later life. The Uruguay Society of Rheumatology published a booklet for children - in story form - entitled "A Breakable Aunt". The booklet, which features delightful drawings, is an entertaining way for children to learn about the importance of calcium intake.The booklet was sponsored by Conamigos, Conaprole and supported by ANEP, a program for childhood nutrition.

27.11.2003

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