IOF partners with NCD Alliance to push for inclusion of NCDs on global health agendas

International Osteoporosis Foundation joins global fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including bone, muscle and joint disorders.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) announced today that it has partnered with the NCD Alliance (NCDA) to accelerate political commitment and action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide.

Osteoporosis alone affects over 200 million people globally with an osteoporotic fracture occurring every three seconds. Many of the preventative strategies however, are shared with the other NCDs (mainly cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and mental and neurological disorders) including tackling unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol. Therefore, by pooling resources and addressing common risk factors, IOF strives to reduce the 8.9 million fragility fractures that occur annually as well as address the other bone, muscle and joint diseases (BMJDs) that impact on people being able to lead long, mobile, independent, pain-free lives.   

Prof. John Kanis, IOF President, said,

We are delighted to join the NCDA Supporters Consultation Group and work with colleagues from other disease communities to keep the pressure on UN Member States and governments to ensure NCDs, including BMJDs get the attention they deserve. We share a common goal, which is to help avoid the unnecessary death and disability of millions of people worldwide.”

Cary Adams, Chair, NCDA, added,

We welcome IOF to the NCDA family and are thrilled to be collaborating with the bone, muscle and joint disease community. For far too long, organizations have worked in silos when we can achieve so much more together. The NCDA has proven that by bringing disease communities together and working towards shared objectives we can drive change a lot quicker than if we go it alone.”   

The NCDA Supporters Consultation Group (SCG) comprises non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations and private sector partners that share a common interest in improving the lives of people living with NCDs and tackling their risk factors. IOF is the first NGO representing BMJDs to join the group and sits aside organizations representing cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory diseases. It aims to represent the voice of all those people suffering from osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases by mobilizing its more than 200 member organizations – comprising patient, medical and research societies – globally. 

About the NCD Alliance

The NCD Alliance (NCDA) is a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations from 170 countries united by our vision for a future free from preventable suffering and death caused by NCDs. It is led by seven leading international federations – the Union for International Cancer Control, International Diabetes Federation, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the World Heart Federation, Alzheimer’s Disease International, the Framework Convention Alliance and Management Sciences for Health.

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