Policy and Advocacy

The world's population is ageing at an accelerated rate. Declining fertility rates and improvements in life expectancy over the latter half of the 20th century have produced dramatic growth in the world's elderly population. As a consequence, the burden of osteoporosis and bone, muscle and joint disorders is increasing markedly.  

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) works to influence policy makers when they create law, distribute resources, and make other decisions related to bone, muscle and joint health. IOF’s goal is to promote prevention, while increasing accessibility to the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and bone, muscle and joint disorders.

IOF collaborates with national societies and organizations active in the field of bone, muscle and joint health to raise awareness amongst policy makers, and to educate healthcare professionals and the public. At an international level, the IOF has been granted Roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and it organizes policy events and supports the development of national economic white papers. 

Policy change successes include:

Our Bone Health Advocates

Olivieri Toscani, Italian photographer, speaking about his photographic exhibition "Osteoporosis: A Photographic Vision"

By photographing people in black and white, without the camouflage of clothing or props, viewers can better understand the true nature of osteoporosis. I believe knowledge is the basis of osteoporosis education. The people in this exhibition have shown a large amount of generosity by revealing their physical situation in this way. Through the visual effect of the exhibition they will help other people to find out if they are also exposed to the risk.