Middle East & Africa Policy Initiatives

In the Middle East and Africa the burden of osteoporosis is expected to increase due to the steady growth of the ageing population as life expectancy continues to rise. In Iran alone, according to the Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center (EMRC), two million people are at risk of fracture, establishing osteoporosis as one of the main health problems in that country. In addition, in the Middle East and Africa, as in the rest of the world, osteoporosis represents a heavy financial burden as healthcare costs increase.

IOF works closely with its members in the Middle East and Africa in order to ensure that osteoporosis awareness becomes a healthcare priority.  

Middle East & Africa Regional Audit

Middle East and Africa Regional AuditIn October 2011, IOF held the 1st Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting, an event which attracted close to 1000 participants and osteoporosis experts from throughout the region. Aside from being an important event in which regional research was presented, the Meeting was the venue for the launch of a landmark report, the '1st Middle East & Africa Regional Audit..

The report, which included information from 17 countries, showed the burden of osteoporotic fractures in the region and projected a dramatic increase in fractures in the coming decades. The report exposed the lack of reliable data and the urgent need for more research, more public prevention strategies and better health professional education in most countries. Read the report here.

National Guidelines

Read the list of osteoporosis guidelines for the Middle East and Africa region. Note, the International Osteoporosis Foundation does not endorse country guidelines. This is because osteoporosis prevalence and aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporotic fractures are country-specific. There may be multiple guidelines from any one country.

Facts and statistics

Read facts and statistics on osteoporosis and fractures in the Asian region.