Queen Rania of Jordan
IOF is honoured to count on the patronage and support of Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan for its international campaign against osteoporosis. Queen Rania is already well known for her humanitarian efforts in aid of several national institutions serving the local community. She has pledged to use her influence to generate public awareness and to raise funds for urgent research by lending her support in the launch of "The 206: A Bone Fund", a fund in which she is the first donor. The queen's willingness to commit her valuable time to IOF is a challenge to other dignitaries to get involved as well. As the annual number of hip fractures worldwide is estimated to rise from 1.7 million in 1990 to a staggering 6.3 million in 2050, the need to raise public awareness through high-profile celebrities is acute.
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IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, May 14 2004, Rio de Janeiro
IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, May 2002, Lisbon
Her Majesty opens the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Lisbon Calling for partnership among all those fighting for the cause of osteoporosis, Her Majesty made an eloquent speech at the opening ceremony of IOF's World Congress on Osteoporosis.
See Queen Rania's speech given at the WCO 2002 (PDF, 12 Kb)
Queen Rania is presented with her portrait by the artist, Ms Evelyne Bureau. The portrait, a gift from IOF, is given in appreciation of Her Majesty's invaluable support as IOF's patron.
Queen Rania and Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles are Patrons of the IOF Women Leaders' Roundtable.
On October 12, 2001, Queen Rania was honoured at a ceremony in Rome, Italy for her achievement in the fight against osteoporosis.
The award was given on the occasion of the International Congress "Ageing & Society", which was held at Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, on 27 October, 2001. Because of previous commitments however, Queen Rania was presented the award at a special ceremony in Rome, on 12 October at the Italian Parliament Palazzo Montecitorio.The prize was awarded by a group of senior government officials, including Minister of Health, Dr. Girolamo Sirchia. The annual award, a sculpture by the artist Pasquale Basile, recognizes volunteers whose efforts help to improve the quality of life and promote human dignity.
See press release
May 26-28, 2001: Queen Rania gave an opening speech at the IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies held in Naples. See Speech
Queen Rania's patronage announced at a media conference on November 17, 1999
See press release
The Queen's statement...
I am pleased to accept the position of Patron of the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
Osteoporosis is a major health problem that requires urgent attention.
One in every three women in the world is likely to suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis. In the Arab world alone the number of hip fractures will triple in the next 20 years.
Osteoporosis is generally considered to be an old woman's disease. But studies show that children who eat properly and exercise regularly can build strong bones and help to prevent osteoporosis from occurring.
People need to realize that they can do something to maintain their bone health.
If more people were empowered to look after their own health we can substantially reduce the impact of this disease. But first we have to draw attention to osteoporosis. It's called the "silent epidemic" because is sneaks up on you and because people aren't aware of it. In fact, up to about 5 years ago, it wasn't recognized as a disease at all. This is why I'm particularly eager to help IOF promote the theme of World Osteoporosis Day 2000, which is "Invest in your bones". IOF is encouraging people to take responsibility for their bone health. I like that kind of practical, empowering approach. We're not victims, we're responsible.
In addition to generating public awareness, I will support IOF's efforts to raise funds for urgent research.
The Queen responds to three questions posed by journalists...
Q: You're more often associated with issues concerning children. Yet osteoporosis is generally considered an old woman's disease. Are you changing your focus?
A: I'm particularly interested in the prevention of osteoporosis. And if we can ensure that children, particularly girls, have proper diets and enough exercise, then they will have stronger bones when they get older. Many of the IOF member national societies have specific education and research programs aimed at children and I want to encourage this type of approach.
Q: Many organizations have, undoubtedly, asked you to support their cause. What was it about IOF that got your attention?
A: Osteoporosis ruins people's lives, but interestingly, it is to a large extent preventable and can be effectively treated. So, in that sense, osteoporosis is a disease that we can do something about there's hope. I've also been impressed by IOF's approach which combines a business-like organization with a great spirit of "let's go out and get things done". Their member national societies I'm most familiar with the national societies in Jordan and the Lebanon are very exciting and energetic, and I think we'll have a productive working relationship together.
Q: What will you do for the IOF?
A: Public awareness and fundraising. In particular, I'll encourage the media to support World Osteoporosis Day, which is held each October 20. The 2000 World Osteoporosis theme is "Invest in your bones" which gives us the opportunity to work with new partners. And on the fundraising side, IOF is developing a major new fundraising idea, called 'The 206, a Fund in trust'" which I will help to promote so money can be raised for much needed education and research projects. 206 because there are 206 bones in your body.
IOF President, Prof. P.D. Delmas, opens the press conference
Mrs. Maha Makari, President of the Lebanese Osteoporosis Society, greets Her Majesty
Dr. Ghassan Maalouf, Secretary General of the Lebanese Osteoporosis Society and of the Pan Arab Osteoporosis Society, answers questions from journalists.