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SPECIAL EFFORTS TO GENERATE LATIN AMERICAN PARTICIPATION AT OSTEOPOROSIS CONGRESS IN RIO

NYON, Switzerland
February 9, 2004

Major efforts are being made to ensure large participation from Latin American doctors at the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in May 2004. More information, and on-line registration, can be found at: www.osteofound.org

The initiatives include:

SPECIAL FEE FOR LATIN AMERICANS
All participants residing in Latin America can benefit from a special, reduced price registration fee. The fee, for early registration up to April 14, 2004, is US$ 225. The fee for on-site registration will be US0. These fees are approximately half the cost for participants coming from other regions.

DENSITOMETRY TRAINING
Latin American participants can enroll in a special densitometry training course run by IOF and ISCD-International Society of Clinical Densitometry that will be held May 12 and 13, 2004.

LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR – "How to make diagnosis and treatment more affordable in Latin America and worldwide?"
This special seminar, scheduled for May 14, 2004, will specifically address problems faced by physicians and health policy officials in Latin America.
(simultaneous translation English/Portuguese/Spanish is available)

SPECIAL WORKSHOPS ON OSTEOPOROSIS IN BRAZIL
Two special workshops, which will be held May 14, 2004, will be organized by Sociedade Brasileira de Endocrinologia and Sociedade Brasileira de Osteoporose.
These will be presented in Portuguese only.

TRANSLATIONS
The IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis will provide simultaneous interpretation of plenary sessions into Spanish and Portuguese.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIGHTING OSTEOPOROSIS IN LATIN AMERICA
Latin America will experience the greatest surge in osteoporosis fractures in coming years compared to other regions, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

How serious is osteoporosis in the region? In Mexico during 1998, of the more than 24.5 million people who were diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, only 150,000 patients, one in 16, received treatment. Just 2% of the 15 million Brazilians who need osteoporosis treatment receive adequate care. People in Venezuela will experience 67 hip fractures per day by 2030; one out of six Venezuelans who suffer a hip fracture dies within the first four months.

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