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The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the only worldwide organization dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. It is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization which brings together scientists, physicians, patient and medical societies as well as corporate partners. With a new individual membership option, launched in March 2012, IOF is extending its outreach to the general public and health professionals around the world.

The Foundation works with 202 member societies in 95 countries or regions, in addition to other healthcare-related organizations, to advance the understanding of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases as well as to promote awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases worldwide.

IOF works to promote bone, muscle and joint health by:

  • Empowering people to take action to prevent, diagnose and treat bone, muscle and joint disorders
  • Campaigning for policy change to make bone, muscle and joint disorders a healthcare priority
  • Assisting healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care to people with bone, muscle and joint disorders
  • Supporting national osteoporosis societies to maximize their effectiveness in promoting bone, muscle and joint health

Among its numerous programmes and activities, IOF mobilizes the global osteoporosis movement on World Osteoporosis Day every year and organizes regional medical congresses including the IOF Regionals for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin American regions. It co-hosts the European Congress on Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis each year and organizes the IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies every two years.

For information about osteoporosis, or the IOF, and osteoporosis societies around the world, visit