World Osteoporosis Day 2008 marked in events throughout the Middle East

World Osteoporosis Day, under the banner of 'Stand Tall, Speak out for your Bones' was celebrated in many countries in the region.
Palestine Jordan Syria Egypt Iran

World Osteoporosis Day, under the banner of ‘Stand Tall, Speak out for your Bones’ was celebrated in many countries in the region.

The Egyptian Osteoporosis Prevention Society, with the support of Tetra Pak Egypt and Merck Pharmaceutical Company, set up an information booth at one of Cairo’s largest malls. The booth was manned with nutritionists and doctors who offered information and tips on how to prevent osteoporosis, as well as free bone density measurements for people over aged 45. The event was supported by a strong PR campaign in Egyptian media, and preceded by a press conference.

In Iran the Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center (EMRC) collaborated with the Iranian Osteoporosis Society (IOS) to initiate Osteoporosis Week ending on October 20th, World Osteoporosis Day. A wide range of professional and patient education events were held and, in support of the policy theme of this year’s World Osteoporosis Day, the issue of osteoporosis was raised in parliament. For more details [link here.[/link]

A publicity campaign led up to a family-oriented informational ‘open day’ in Jordan.
Organized by the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS) in downtown Amman, the the public event was held in conjunction with the Jordanian Menopause Society to also mark the occasion of World Menopause Day.

The Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (POPS) teamed up with SOS Children’s Village to celebrate World Osteoporosis Day 2008. The focus of the many activities - offered to the children and staff of the Village as well as to the general public - was on risk factors and means of prevention of osteoporosis.

The Syrian National Osteoporosis Society (SYNOS) organized a full day's program of activities at the Jala Sports Center, in Damascus. Held in the open, on a bright sunny day, the event included a "meet the expert" program whereby a panel of experts answered questions from the public concerning diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. In addition bone mineral density examinations were performed free of charge.

In Dubai, Fonterra Brands with the support of the Dubai Bone & Joint Center (DBAJ), set-up a Road Show in October 2008. The Road Show offered information and free bone scanning. It is part of a wider and more comprehensive campaign called the Anlene Bone Health Check. The program aims to screen approximately 25,000 individuals in the UAE and another 50,000 people in Saudi Arabia next year.