Global Policy Initiatives

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture. In Europe alone, the annual cost of osteoporotic fractures is estimated to surpass €76 billion by 2050.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation is working to spread the message that much more must be done by governments and health insurers to promote prevention, early detection and accessibility to treatment for those in need.

IOF is active in driving policy initiatives that are helping to raise the priority accorded to osteoporosis and bone, muscle and joint disorders within health care systems. This includes the creation of National White Papers to help lobby governments.

In 2015 IOF joined the NCD Alliance (NCDA) Supporters Consultation Group as the first NGO representing musculoskeletal diseases. The NCD Alliance is a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations from 170 countries united by a common vision for a future free from preventable suffering and death caused by NCDs. It aims to accelerate political commitment and action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide. In the past few years IOF has participated in several NCD Alliance meetings and workshops, with IOF experts putting osteoporosis and bone health on the agenda.

Global Policy Initiatives