HPP has produced a focus brief highlighting the importance of osteoporosis and fragility fractures as a priority for healthy ageing, as part of a wider body of work on osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that weakens bones and leaves people susceptible to sustaining a fracture. Every day in the European Union, almost 10,000 people experience a fragility fracture – most of whom are women over the age of 50. Prevention of falls and fractures is therefore crucial to healthy ageing, but osteoporosis is under-recognised in policies across Europe.
The new focus brief is the first in a series following the launch of Osteoporosis and fragility fractures: a policy toolkit in January. The policy toolkit takes an in-depth look at the priority areas for improving bone health, preventing and managing osteoporosis and minimising the risk of fragility fractures. It brings together recommendations with a call to action for policymakers at the European, national and regional levels. The toolkit is also features case studies of best practice and individual profiles of 10 countries across Europe.
The launch of the policy toolkit was accompanied by national-level infographics for Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK.
HPP also produced a video to accompany the launch of the toolkit, in which expert members of the project’s Working Group discuss the key issues in osteoporosis and fragility fracture prevention and management.