IOF strengthens patient societies worldwide

The unique bi-annual forum offered 57 IOF member patient societies the opportunity to meet and exchange best practice through stimulating interactive workshops, expert presentations and key note lectures. Topics addressed included, advocacy, social media, best practice in secondary fracture prevention, and fundraising. Above all, delegates were able to share new ideas and valuable experience with other dedicated individuals from the IOF family of member societies. To view photos, we invite you to access the dedicated photo album on IOF's Facebook page.


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Famida Jiwa
This is a fantastic event, giving patient societies a unique opportunity to share experiences, learn new skills and take home messages that energize their work at the national level.
Famida Jiwa, Chair of the IOF Osteoporosis Patient Societies Sub Committee

Awards recognize outstanding work

A highlight of the conference is the awards ceremony which recognize the creative efforts, hard work, and great dedication of IOF member societies.

Taiwan WWC awardBest Secondary Fracture Prevention Campaign

The Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association was awarded for their extensive efforts in support of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) in Taiwan. With 19 FLS already ‘mapped’ on the Capture the Fracture global map, Taiwan is a leader in secondary fracture prevention within Asia. The campaign’s objectives are to create an FLS network and hold workshops among healthcare professionals; increase applications of best practices; and to hold campaigns directed at the general public to increase awareness about FLS and osteoporosis.

WWC 2017 awardBest World Osteoporosis Day Campaign

Close to 100 events were carried out by member national societies for World Osteoporosis Day 2016, and many of these were very impressive and had great outreach. Congratulations to all! Of the applications received for ‘Best World Osteoporosis Day Campaign’ IOF selected the Syrian National Osteoporosis Society’s (SYNOS) campaign. Despite the extremely difficult situation, SYNOS volunteers managed to set up several community events, aimed at children and their families, to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle as the basis of good bone health. The children’s drawing competition resulted in beautiful and creative artwork that is an inspiration to us all.