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IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies

The IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies (IOF-WWC) is a unique opportunity for osteoporosis patient societies from around the world to plan strategies and learn from each other. The skills learned at the conferences help the societies in their efforts to improve public awareness on osteoporosis, and lobby for more effective diagnosis, treatment and patient care in their countries.

The conferences consist of three-days of intensive workshops and informative presentations on a wide variety of topics, including lobbying, education, public relations and fundraising. Organised by the IOF together with the national osteoporosis patient society which hosts the conference, the IOF-WWC is open to all members of IOF's Committee of National Societies.

The conferences help to catalyse the tremendous growth of the osteoporosis movement. This growth is reflected in the steadily increasing attendance at the WWCs. The first WWC, hosted by the UK's National Osteoporosis Society, was held in Bath, England in 1995 with 35 attendees. In September 2005, some 200 people from more than 50 countries attended the 10th WWC held in Bangkok, Thailand.

10th IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies Bangkok, Thailand, September 27-30, 2005

Bangkok, Thailand
Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, patron of the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation

A successful IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies, held in cooperation with the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation, was held from September 27-30, 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand. Some 200 patient society representatives from more than 50 countries attended the conference which was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, patron of the Thai Osteoporosis Foundation.

See conference report and photos

9th IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
Istanbul, Turkey, September 4-7, 2003

Organized in Cooperation with the Osteoporosis Patient Society of Turkey "Osteoporz hasta dernegi"

See full conference report and presentations

8th IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
Lisbon, Portugal, May 7-8, 2002

organized in cooperation with Associaçao Nacional contra a Osteoporose

See conference report

7th IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
Naples, Italy, May 26-28, 2001

Organized in cooperation with Lega Italiana Osteoporosi

See conference report

6th IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
Chicago, IL, USA, June 11-12, 2000

See conference report

Meetings prior to 2000:

5th IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
5-6 October 5-6, 1999, Toronto, Canada/organized in cooperation with Osteoporosis Canada
With 50 societies (some 100 participants) from 42 countries

4th World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
September 1998, Berlin, Germany/organized in conjunction with the first World Congress on Osteoporosis
150 participants from 40 countries

3rd World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
1997 Oslo Norway, Hosted by the Norwegian Osteoporosis Society with 100 attendees

2nd World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
1996 Noordwijk, Netherlands, hosted by Dutch Osteoporosis Foundation with 86 attendees

1st World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies
1995 Bath, England, hosted by UK National Ostoeporosis Society with 35 attendees.

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