Get involved

World Osteoporosis Day, marked on October 20th each year, is a prime time to put the spotlight on osteoporosis. Below, read about this year’s campaign theme, and how you can get involved and support the campaign in a number of ways.

About the 2024 World Osteoporosis Day Campaign

Under the banner of ‘Say no to fragile bones’, this year’s World Osteoporosis Day campaign will seek to put an end to the inertia surrounding bone health by urging people of all ages to value and protect their bones. The following messages will be addressed to people of all ages, patients, healthcare professionals and health authorities:

1. Our bone health is precious. Healthy bones are at the core of our well-being, mobility and independence. People of all ages should protect their bone health by taking early action for osteoporosis prevention through bone-healthy nutrition, regular weight-bearing physical activity, and avoidance of negative lifestyle factors like smoking.

2. Osteoporosis matters. Osteoporosis is a serious health threat with potentially devasting consequences. Recognizing individual risk factors, prioritizing bone health (as we do cardiovascular health!), asking for osteoporosis screening or testing upon identification of risk factors, and adhering to any prescribed medication regimen: through these strategies, we can bridge the osteoporosis care gap, safeguarding our mobility and independence as we age.

3. Make bone health a healthcare policy priority. With up to 37 million fragility fractures occurring globally each year, osteoporosis poses an enormous human and health economic burden worldwide. Health authorities must prioritize bone health in a number of ways, including by investing in post-fracture care services. These services ensure that every fracture patient aged 50+ who goes to a hospital with a broken bone is expertly assessed and treated for osteoporosis to prevent recurring and potentially life-threatening fractures.

> Learn more about the campaign and download the Campaign Toolkit and WOD logos

> Download this year’s WOD posters and social media banners

Hold an event - share our resources

Through social media or a WOD event of your own, you can support the cause and help spread our ‘Take action for bone health’ message locally. We provide many posters and infographics (in multiple languages) which can be downloaded and displayed at your event, in your office or school.

World Osteoporosis Day, marked on October 20th each year, is a prime time to put the spotlight on osteoporosis. You can get involved and support the campaign in a number of ways.

Global patient charter

Show your commitment on this year's World Osteoporosis Day by signing the IOF Global Patient Charter. You will be joining a worldwide call for improved patient care, and helping to raise the profile of this silent disease among healthcare authorities worldwide. By voicing our concern collectively, we can all help to make fracture prevention a global health priority.

Add your voice to our global call for osteoporosis patient rights

Share your story

Are you living with osteoporosis or taking steps to make your bone health a priority?
We want to hear your story. Submit it to to have your story highlighted in our patient stories section.

Find a world osteoporosis day event near you

Stay tuned for news on local World Osteoporosis Day Events organized by national societies in your region.
If you are a national society or organization interested in putting on a World Osteoporosis Day event, download our toolkit and register your event here to gain visibility on our World Osteoporosis Day events map.

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Contact your local osteoporosis society

If you have osteoporosis, contact your local osteoporosis society which can provide helpful information and support. A list of IOF member societies is available here.