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Osteoporosis Society of India

Leading women's organization joins the Osteoporosis Society of India to deliver 2002 WOD message

The Osteoporosis Society of India observed the World Osteoporosis Day in partnership with the AIWC (All India Women's Conference).
AIWC is one of the oldest voluntary organizations of India. Now in its 75th year of existence, AIWC has 500 branches all over the country with more than 100,000 members. The organization has been led in the past by several eminent personalities associated with freedom movement namely; Sarojini Naidu, Vijay Laxmi Pandit, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and Kamladevi Chattopadhyay. Currently Dr. Aparna Basu is the President of AIWC and Mrs. Gomathi Nair is the Honorary Secretary General of the organization.

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The activities included a public lecture by Prof. PK Dave, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi followed by an interactive
panel discussion on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. Apart from AIWC several other NGOs like Age Care India and Help Age participated in WOD, the theme of which was "Prevent the first fracture". Speaking at WOD, Mrs Gomathi Nair, Secretary General AIWC said that "India women possibly have a greater risk of osteoporosis because of higher prevalence of malnutrition and repeated pregnancies. All India Women's Conference is concerned about this emerging health challenge and, therefore, has decided to join with Osteoporosis Society of India in spreading the message of prevention of this dreaded disease which can cause severe disability and pain in old age. I appreciate the initiatives taken by the Osteoporosis Society of India in educating people about preservation of bone health..."
A public information booklet on osteoporosis published by society was released.In addition,medical lectures on "Osteoporosis: The challenge of brittle bones" were delivered by the members of OSI in the month of October. The event received wide coverage in the local media.

25.10.2002


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