IOF calls for action following release of Eastern European & Central Asian Regional Audit

February 24, 2011

A newly published audit report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) consolidates information on the status and burden of osteoporosis in 21 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including the Russian Federation. The landmark report 'Eastern European & Central Asian Regional Audit - Epidemiology, Costs & Burden of Osteoporosis in 2010' shows alarming projections and reveals the poor status of post-fracture care and osteoporosis management in the region.

IOF President John Kanis called for immediate action, asking all stakeholders in the region to join forces to improve accessibility to osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment, and, most urgently, to improve standards of fracture care. "Without proper post-fracture care, a person who suffers a hip fracture is at risk of early death or condemned to a life of severe disability," he stated.

The key findings of the Audit Report reveal the magnitude of the problem in the region, including:Preliminary findings from the report were first presented at the IOF Summit of Eastern Europe and Central Asian Osteoporosis Patient Societies in September 2010. National patient and medical societies attending the Summit discussed how the Audit report could be effectively used as a tool to advance advocacy efforts in their countries, raise public and health professional awareness of the disease, and stimulate research on osteoporosis and its burden in the region.
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The report includes projections and data for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, Tajikstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. It can be downloaded on the IOF website (http://www.iofbonehealth.org/publications/eastern-european-central-asian-audit-2010.html)

ABOUT IOF

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to the worldwide fight against osteoporosis, the disease known as "the silent epidemic". IOF's members - committees of scientific researchers, patient, medical and research societies and industry representatives from around the world - share a common vision of a world without osteoporotic fractures. IOF now represents 196 societies in 93 locations around the world. http://www.iofbonehealth.org

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