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First IOF Women Leaders' Roundtable

Twelve international women leaders urge policymakers to end suffering and curb the economic burden caused by delaying osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment until after the first bone fracture

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Hosted by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, IOF Patron, the Roundtable of International Women Leaders was held on May 11, 2002 in Lisbon Portugal. This high profile event brought together dignitaries from across the world to call on policymakers to provide greater access to osteoporosis diagnosis and treatments.

The Roundtable on May 11, 2002

The Roundtable on May 11, 2002. Attendees, by invitation-only, included some 50 journalists from around the world

Roundtable patrons, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan and Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles

Roundtable patrons, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan and Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles
 

Leading women joined forces for the first time to highlight the need for broader access to diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, a debilitating, chronic, progressive disease affecting or threatening an estimated 150 million women and men worldwide. While the IOF estimates that one out of three women, and one out of eight men will suffer from osteoporotic fractures in their lifetimes, most governments do not provide access to diagnosis or treatments.

HM Queen Rania of Jordan and other women leaders examined the plight of women at risk or suffering from osteoporosis, and signed a 'Call to Action' (PDF, 73 KB) asking policymakers around the world to make diagnosis and treatment prior to the first fracture a public health priority.

See press release issued on May 12, 2002
See transcript of the complete roundtable meeting (PDF, 75 KB)

Mrs. Nazek Rafic Hariri, First IOF Ambassador and President of IOF's 206: A Bone Fund
 
Mrs. Nazek Rafic Hariri, First IOF Ambassador and President of IOF's 206: A Bone Fund, signs the "Call to Action"

Participants included:

Roundtable Patrons:

  • Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, IOF Patron
    (see speech, PDF, 8 KB)
  • Mrs. Nazek Rafic Hariri, First IOF Ambassador and President of IOF's 206: A Bone Fund
    (see speech, PDF, 13 KB)
  • Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles, President of the National Osteoporosis Society, United Kingdom
    (see speech, PDF, 16 KB)

Roundtable Members:

  • Maxine McKew, Journalist, Interviewer and Writer, Patron of Osteoporosis Australia
    (see presentation, PDF, 46 KB)
  • Regina Prado, Osteoporosis Patient and Advocate, Brazil
    (see speech, PDF, 16 KB)
  • Maureen McTeer, Medical Law Specialist & Author, Spokesperson, Osteoporosis Society of Canada
    (see speech, PDF, 29 KB)
  • Imelda Read, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the EP Osteoporosis Interest Group, European Union
    (see speech, PDF, 27 KB)
  • Rita Süssmuth, Former President of the Bundestag, Member of Parliament, Germany
    (see speech, PDF, 88 KB)
  • Anna Molinari, Fashion Designer, Osteoporosis Advocate, Italy
    (see speech, PDF, 11 KB)
  • Maria Elisa Domingues, Member of Parliament, Portugal
  • Ann Richards, Former Governor of Texas and Osteoporosis Spokesperson, USA
    (see speech, PDF, 10 KB)

Also see presentation (PDF, 354 KB) by Professor Pierre D. Delmas, President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and guest speaker at the event.


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