Association 'Women without Osteoporosis'
The IOF-Lilly Policy Grant winning project develops into a national awareness campaign for women
An awared winning project (IOF-Lilly grant during the World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies in Istanbul in 2003) was successfully carried out in 2004. Women from 10 regions of the country born in 1954 were notified by letter about the risks of progress of osteoporosis. This campaign is now being extended into a nationwide campaign to promote early detection of the disease in women around the age of 50. In July this year similar letters will be sent to women born in 1955 from the town of Plovdiv and the surrounding region. Plovdiv is the second most populated town in Bulgaria and the total number of women of 50 amounts to 5,567.
The project is fulfilled by the Program 2005 of the BULGARIAN FUND OF WOMEN after competition being won from Association “Women without Osteoporosis” with the Plovdiv Municipality as partner and with cooperation of the Central Administration “Citizen registration and administrative service”. The aim is that the women aged 50 to be timely informed about the risk period for progress of osteoporosis they enter, which is avoidable, if the reduced bone density has been diagnosed in time and steps to prophylaxis and treatment are taken. For this purpose, at the foyer of Plovdiv Municipality has been arranged an informative corner, where everyone can fill in the test and obtain the necessary information. Such corner operates also at two medical institutions in the town – at First Diagnostic & Consulting Center and at MBAL “St. Mina”.
The results expected from the realization of the project were presented at a press conference in Plovdiv Municipality on July 12, 11:00 a.m., with the participation of Dr. med. Rada Boyadjieva, Sector “Healthcare”, Mr. Bojko Dimov from the Office “Citizen registration and administrative service” – Plovdiv, Ms Kalinka Slivkova – coordinator of Program 2005 of Bulgarian Fund of Women, Dr. med. Valeria Slavova – chairwoman of Association “Women without Osteoporosis” - branch Plovdiv and Dr. med. Valentin Gorchev from the MBAL “St. Mina”.
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