About Us

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a registered not-for-profit, non-governmental foundation based in Switzerland.  IOF has been granted Roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

IOF functions as a global alliance of patient societies, research organizations, healthcare professionals and international companies working to promote bone, muscle and joint health.

We do this by:

  • Empowering people to take action to prevent, diagnose and treat 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
  • Supporting national osteoporosis societies to maximize their effectiveness in promoting bone, muscle and joint health

The IOF vision is a world in which people of all ages benefit from good bone, muscle and joint health, free of fragility fractures due to osteoporosis.

Our Bone Health Advocates

Mark Holden, songwriter and performer

Before I was diagnosed, I don’t think I’d ever heard of a man having osteoporosis. It came as a complete shock to me that men even have it. I come about it by being pro-active, by doing weight bearing exercises, by the supplements, by the actual drug that I particularly use, the kind of food that I eat, and I do try and booze a little less. Osteoporosis was just a word before I actually discovered that I actually had it.