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Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS)

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Office address Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society
P.O. Box 926237
11110 Amman
Phone +962 6 568 16 93
Fax +962 6 562 39 55

Last updated on 11/08/2004

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"Be Good to Your Bones" wins award for Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society

At the IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies in Bangkok, Thailand on September 30, 2005 the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society was awarded an IOF-Novartis Osteoporosis Education Grant to the value of USD 10,000. The award-winning project, called “Be Good to Your Bones,” involves the production of a DVD for public and professional use covering safe and beneficial exercises. These exercises will target children, teenagers, and specific exercises for adults. Other types of exercises will cover target patients with osteoporosis but without fractures and patients with previous fractures. The DVD will be produced in several languages including Arabic, English, French, Spanish and German.


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Jordanian International Symposium on Osteoporosis
held in Amman

Opening of the the First Jordanian National Osteoporosis Record. From left to right: Dr. Basel Masri, HE Jean-Michel Casa (French ambassador in Amman) Mr. Said Darawazeh (Jordanian Minster of Health), Prof. Pierre D. Delmas and Prof. Efteem Azar

The results of an important study were announced at a one-day conference on May 30, 2005 at the Marriott Amman. The conference was held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania al-Abdullah.

The symposium, organized by Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS) was held to announce the results of a uniquely significant study, the First Jordanian National Osteoporosis Record (FiJoNOR).
FiJoNOR is a scientific epidemiological survey carried out by JOPS on 821 women ranging in age from 20-89 years who were randomly selected using criteria prepared by the Jordanian Department of Statistics, with the collaboration of IOF President Prof. Pierre D. Delmas and his team at INSERM unit 403 of Lyon, France.

The purpose of the survey was to establish the normal values of BMD and clinical osteoporotic risk factors in Jordanian females as well as to determine the prevalence of osteoporosis among the postmenopausal population in Jordan. Currently, the values used to determine normal BMD are based on studies on white women from the USA and Europe. FIJoNOR will establish data which can be useful for other Arab Middle Eastern countries. Another three endpoints will be obtained:
a. The prevalence of osteoporosis among the postmenopausal population in Jordan. The BMD of a sample of postmenopausal women in the Jordanian population would help provide an acceptable estimation of the number of asymptomatic women (who did not experience characteristic fracture) present with the disease.
b. The exhaustive questionnaire might help uncover a specific risk factor that could be useful for preventive measures.
c. To establish the normal values of bone mineral density at the lumbar spine and proximal femur in females 20-89 years of age in Jordan.

Also participating in the event were President of IOF Prof. Pierre Delmas, IOF CEO Dr. Dan Navid, Prof. John A. Kanis (Board member of IOF), and Dr. Ghassan Maalouf (Board member of IOF). At the local level, the main researchers in the study, Dr. Basel Masri (President of JOPS) and Dr. Efteem Azar, as well as Dr. Ahmad Faqih (Jordan University) and Dr. Jihad Haddad presented and discussed the data.


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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.


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HM Queen Rania of Jordan donates bone density scanner to Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society

HM Queen Rania of Jordan, IOF and Roundtable patron, has kindly donated a Sahara ultrasonic bone density scanner to JOPS.

Because of ongoing actions taken by the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society, some military and government health centres now conduct DXA tests free of charge.

Additionally a major breakthrough is the coverage of diagnostic tests and osteoporosis treatments by most of the insurance companies.


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"Recent Advances in Osteoporosis"

A Successful Meeting Held at a Dead Sea Resort Gains Wide Media Coverage

On the occasion of the World Osteoporosis Day and the 10th anniversary of the Jordanian French Medical Association, a medical and social meeting was held under the patronage of Her Royal Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, IOF Patron. “Recent Advances In Osteoporosis" was held on October 1st 2001 at the Movenpick Resort, Dead Sea and co-organized by The Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society and the Jordanian French Medical Association with the support of the IOF.

From left to right: HE Bernard Emié French ambassador in Jordan, HRH Prince Raad Bin Zeid honorary president of the Jordanian French medical Association, HRHQ Rania of Jordan, HE Minister of Agriculture (Minster of Health b Interim ) Mr Mahmoud Al dweiri

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The Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society: Main Activities of 2001

The Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS) has been very active since the beginning of the year 2001, having started with the launch of a large national awareness campaign throughout the country. JOPS will soon launch its website on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day and hold a major Francophone joint event with IOF at the Dead Sea – the participation of IOF's patron Queen Rania of Jordan.

National campaign pictures of Aqaba & Irbid, March 2001

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JOPS launches ad campaign to promote calcium consumption in young girls

Good nutrition habits begin at a young age. With this in mind, the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society, in association with Baladna-DJD (the Danish Jordanian Dairy Co.), Jordan Television and a local advertising/production company ELSAJE, produced and broadcast an awareness-raising message targeted at girls aged 7 to 12. To appeal to this age group a catchy jingle (read text, PDF file, 45 KB) was written and set to music, delivering the key message that drinking milk is essential for the maintenance of bone strength and prevention of fracture and loss of height in later years.

The advertisement was aired 22 times over a two-week period during children's TV programs. Later on, at JOPS-organized lectures on osteoporosis awareness and prevention held in schools for 10-14 year-olds, children were asked whether they had seen and remembered the film. 40-50% of the children raised their hands!


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