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International Osteoporosis Foundation

IOF’s mission is to promote the maintenance of bone, muscle and joint health as a worldwide healthcare priority

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, IOF has extended its outreach to the general public and health professionals around the world.

The Foundation works with 225 member societies in 93 countries, territories or regions, 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 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of 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
  • Promoting and engaging in musculoskeletal research to advance knowledge in the field
  • 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 World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases 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 www.iofbonehealth.org