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IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis News bulletin #13 April 29, 2002

WOMEN LEADER'S ROUNDTABLE TO CALL FOR OSTEOPOROSIS ACTION

HM Queen Rania to Host Roundtable of International Women Leaders to Examine Barriers to Reimbursement for Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis
Dignitaries from across the world to call on policymakers to provide greater access to osteoporosis diagnosis and treatments

WHAT:
High profile women will join 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 will examine the plight of women at risk or suffering from osteoporosis, and sign a 'Call to Action' asking policymakers around the world to make diagnosis and treatment prior to the first fracture a public health priority.

WHO:
Participants will include:

  • Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, patron of the International Osteoporosis Foundation
  • Mrs. Nazek Hariri, wife of Lebanese prime minister, president of the IOF's 206-A Bone Fund
  • Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles, president, National Osteoporosis Society UK
  • Maria Elisa Domingues, member of parliament, Portugal
  • Felicia Knaul, osteoporosis advocate, Mexico
  • Maxine McKew, award winning journalist and patron of Osteoporosis Australia
  • Maureen McTeer, Canadian lawyer and author; spokesperson, Osteoporosis Society of Canada
  • Anna Molinari, Italian fashion designer
  • Regina Prado, president of Brazilian Rhuematology Organisation
  • Imelda Read, member, European Parliament, chair of the European Parliament Osteoporosis Interest Group
  • Ann Richards, USA, former governor of Texas, osteoporosis spokesperson
  • Rita Süssmuth, member of Parliament, former president of the Bundestag, Germany

WHERE:
Welcome buffet at 12.15pm
Outside Auditorium 2, first floor
Centro de Congressos de Lisboa
Praça das Indústrias
1300-307 Lisbon
Portugal

WHEN:
Media Briefing
Saturday 11th May 2002 at 1.30pm followed by Q&A session

(Must be seated by 1:00 pm)
Auditorium 2, first floor
Centro de Congressos de Lisboa

THIS IS AN INVITATION ONLY EVENT FOR REPORTERS. TELEVISION AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BE PROVIDED ON A POOL BASIS.

To express interest in attending please contact Anna McCollister-Slipp or Priya Banerjee on Tel: +44 20 7878 3000 / Fax: +44 20 7878 3030 or e-mail anna.mccollister-slipp@mslpr.co.uk or priya.banerjee@mslpr.co.uk – deadline May 3.

Media invited to attend the Roundtable must also register for the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in advance to gain access to the auditorium.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis will take place May 10-14, 2002 in the Lisboa Congress Center, Lisbon, Portugal. The Lisbon event is expected to be the largest scientific congress devoted specifically to osteoporosis ever held, with some 5000 registrations expected and some 700 papers and posters expected to be presented.

Journalists can view the Congress abstracts at: http://www.osteofound.org/wco/2002/abstracts.php

Deadline for journalists registration: April 30: http://www.osteofound.org/wco/2002/press_center.php