What we’ve achieved
HPP established five building blocks of an effective policy response to the challenge posed by osteoporosis and fragility fractures. We started with desk research and assembled a Working Group and Parliamentary Forum of European experts and policymakers. The groups met at two round-table events in 2019, in London and Brussels. HPP also interviewed a range of experts, including carer representatives, healthcare professionals and healthy ageing advocates.
This work culminated in Osteoporosis and fragility fractures: a policy toolkit, with a call to action for policymakers working at the European, national and regional levels. The toolkit includes case studies of best practice, supporting resources for policymakers and ten individual country profiles. This work was followed by the development of three additional, standalone country profiles in 2020–21. We also created four focus briefs highlighting specific topics relating to osteoporosis and fragility fractures, along with national-level infographics and social media content in the local language.
At the Brussels round table, we filmed a video to support the launch of the toolkit, featuring experts from the project’s Working Group and Parliamentary Forum.
Following the launch of the policy toolkit, several of the experts involved agreed to become members of the Osteoporosis and Fragility Fracture Policy Network. HPP ran the secretariat, including the dedicated website. We led events such as a pre-recorded symposium session at the virtual World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2020), and a policy round table from which a statement of action was produced in 2021.
The Network and its website are no longer active, but all materials produced as part of the work can be downloaded from this page.