Outstanding initiatives by Osteorus and RAOP help put osteoporosis on the map in Russia

Some 40 World Osteoporosis Day events, both large and small, helped to raise awareness of bone health and fracture prevention throughout the country.

"Osteorus" and the Russian Association for Osteoporosis Prevention (RAOP) welcomed the World Osteoporosis Day slogan "Love your bones - Protect your future" as a guiding message for their successful World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) campaign. 

Nearly 40 events were held, all shown on the IOF WOD Events Map. Events took place in Moscow, Yaroslavl, St. Petersburg, Omsk, Tomsk, Arkhangelsk, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Lermontov, and other cities.

The campaign made excellent use of IOF WOD resources in translation – showing how the WOD resources can be effectively used at a national level.

A strong focus on bone health in children and adolescents

In 2017, the societies’ joint campaigns used the ‘Love Your Bones- Protect Your Future’ motif as a strong message to headline many initiatives, including activities focused on bone health in childhood.
The Osteorus and Osteoporotic Methodological Center recommended that the Osteoporosis Children's Education School (Yaroslavl) be held at the centers of osteoporosis. Providing lectures in schools, libraries, colleges and universities, the centers also held children's drawings contests and published a calendar with winners drawings, provided recommendations on prevention, carried out educational work with parents, held lectures, and distributed the IOF brochure "Building strong bones in children and adolescents".

Russia is a big country and therefore every center held events based on its capabilities. The main unifying moment was the All-Russian Children's Painting Competition "What should be done in childhood to grow strong bones and stand firmly on their feet all their lives." For the first time, a foreign representative from Riga (Latvia) took part.

Among the numerous World Osteoporosis Day events, below is a brief overview of just several interesting educational events involving children and adolescents:

  • In Vladivostok a seminar for children and teenagers of the sports school of Sailing "7ft" was held. 43 sportsmen took part in the seminar, their parents and coaches were present.
  • In Krasnoyarsk, students of the Krasnoyarsk State Medical University met with pupils of grades 9-10 of the university gymnasium. They conducted a quiz "What is osteoporosis? How to avoid it? ". There was also a class hour with the pupils of primary schools of the gymnasium and a meeting with parents on the topic "Why do we need healthy bones?" As well, a demonstration of the cartoon of the Children's TV channel "Zdorovie" took place.
  • In Yoshkar-Ola, a contest of leaflets, memos and health bulletins "Osteoporosis - no!" was held at the medical college as well as a contest for the best culinary recipe "Healthy food - healthy bones".
  • In Surgut, a game-conversation "What you need to know about osteoporosis" for children of the sports school "Neftyanik" was held.

Collecting signatures in support of the IOF Global Patient Charter

In all centers of osteoporosis, great attention was paid to the collection of signatures to show support for the IOF Global Patient Charter. At present, the collection of signatures continues – with some 400 signatures already collected. A petition for circulation at public events, where older participants who don’t have computer access can show their support, is available on the IOF website.

WOD Campaign has media impact

In Russia it has become an annual tradition to announce World Osteoporosis Day in the leading Russian media, "MIA" Russia Today" in Moscow. In 2017, the announcement of the topic proposed by the IOF, "Love your bones, protect your future", took place as a videoconference with participants from Moscow and Yaroslavl.

This announcement was one of the most impactful events in the WOD campaign, highlighting the serious repercussions of osteoporosis in the population. In the future, representatives of osteoporosis centers from other cities are expected to join the video conference. The event was attended by: Olga Lesnyak, President of the Russian Association for Osteoporosis (RAOP); Olga Ershova, Vice-president of the Russian Association for Osteoporosis; Head of the Department of Active Longevity and Endocrinology, Head of the Department for the Rehabilitation of Patients with Somatic Diseases, Larisa Marchenkova, National Medical Research Center for Rehabilitation and Balneology at the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation; member of the Federation Council Igor Kagramanyan; actress Natalia Zakharova and moderator of the event - Honored Artist of Russia Anastasia Melnikova.

Participants in Yaroslavl included: deputies of the Yaroslavl Regional Duma (legislative body), representatives of the Territorial Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund in the Yaroslavl Region, head of the regional diagnostic and treatment center for osteoporosis and osteoarthrisis of the City Emergency Clinical Hospital   named after  Solovyov, Ksenia Belova, head physician of the same Hospital Alexander Degtyarev.

Healthcare professional awareness important too

Several educational seminars were dedicated to healthcare professionals, drawing the specialists' attention to the need for the prevention of secondary osteoporosis (damage to the bone system in cancer, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, rheumatoid arthritis).

Working with the greater community

"Osteorus" has a successful experience of cooperation with public organizations. For example, for the second year in a row it was involved in the International Charity Day, celebrated all over the world on September 5, organized by socially-oriented non-profit organizations (NGOs) in Yaroslavl and the Yaroslavl region. "Osteorus" prepared a questionnaire to monitor patients’ response and to attract volunteers.

Congratulations from IOF

IOF congratulates and thanks its Russian member societies for their great commitment and exemplary use of IOF WOD resources.You have helped to make World Osteoporosis Day 2017 a great success!