Congratulating JOPS on twenty years of dedication to awareness and education

JOPS annual World Osteoporosis Day walk in 2017
In 2018 IOF member society, the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS) will continue its important work by holding a variety of events for the general public, patients and healthcare professionals in locations throughout the country.

The Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS), an IOF member society which was founded in 1998, has made great strides in raising awareness and improving knowledge about osteoporosis in the country over the course of two decades.

JOPS President, Dr. Omar Abu Hejleh, stated:

It is very important that we keep up momentum all year long, with different programmes and events that help prioritize osteoporosis and fracture prevention within the healthcare agenda. We have many activities planned for 2018 and I thank all JOPS members for their support and participation in the coming year. This work continues our efforts of the past 20 years, where we have made important contributions to awareness and education among the public, patients and healthcare professionals.”

Planned activities include:

Awareness lectures for the Public
Several awareness lectures on a monthly basis for the public will be presented by society members (MD’s) in cooperation with various schools, community service societies and NGO’s. Attendance will range from 50-100 people per event, with events held in different geographical areas of Jordan.

Screening Campaigns/ Bone Density Test
JOPS will continue its National campaign with Sahara to screen women for osteoporosis all over the country. The campaign will focus on more remote areas all over Jordan. Screening is targeted to women and men who have risk factors.

Awareness and Social activity event for women
In March 2018, a breakfast with the IOF slogan "Love your Bones Protect your Future” will be held at the Bristol Hotel I Amman for women on the occasion of Mother's Day. Some 150-200 attendees are expected. The program will include a medical lecture by a gynaecologist about menopause and osteoporosis, a panel of doctors to answer questions and to offer health and nutritional advice, a quiz about osteoporosis and a gifts competition.

Awareness Scientific Lectures for MD’s
JOPS will arrange six scientific lectures for healthcare providers (MD’s) in various locations in Jordan to spread awareness, especially among general practitioners. The material, available in Arabic, will include facts about osteoporosis and the importance of preventing the first and second fracture by highlighting the importance of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS).

Specific events on special days

March 2018: in cooperation with Leo pharmaceuticals JOPS will arrange a lecture about Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) and how to implement them in Jordan.
April 25, 2018: Join event by JOPS and the Jordanian Dental Association will focus on knowledge and awareness of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw.
October 2018: For World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), JOPS will continue to organize its Annual March, in one of the main avenues in Amman, and hold an awareness talk for the participants. This year we expect around 1000 participants.
October 2018: Annual scientific meeting of JOPS will include three hours of educational lectures for MDs about recent advances in osteoporosis.

JOPS and IOF Meetings
As a CNS member society of IOF, JOPS will participate with 10 members of JOPS at the World Congress on Osteoporosis (WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2018) in Kraków, Poland.

Publications and social media
JOPS will continue to publish its quarterly OsteoNewsletter and the IOF One-minute Osteoporosis Risk Tests will be distributed all over health care facilities in Jordan.