Greetings to all!
The Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies has been in the helm of osteoporosis education, research and patient service for the past 11 years since its establishment in May 2008. Its prime mission is to promote, foster, develop and assist medical and allied profession in the study of and the acquisition, dissemination and application of knowledge and information concerning the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis with a view to reducing morbidity and mortality therefrom in the Asian region.
As has been predicted, 50% of hip fracture will happen in Asia by 2050. Group of Asian experts projected these hip fractures to increase by 2.28 fold by 2050 (from 1,124,060 in 2018 to 2,563,488) and increase in direct cost by 1.59 fold cost (from US$9.5 billion in 2018 to US$15 billion). 1 Identified challenges are decreasing number of patients being treated and decreasing treatment rate. As reflected in the AFOS leaders’ “Call to Action” the following were emphasized: make osteoporosis a national policy, continue educational programs, and increase awareness.2
This year’s 6th AFOS Scientific Meeting in Manila will showcase the aforementioned actions. International experts and renowned speakers from all over the region will share their updated knowledge on state-of-the-art diagnostic schemes, management, and discussion of related topics. Young colleagues have submitted scientific work giving us a glimpse of future direction in researches in osteoporosis. Masterclass on diagnostic equipment is in place.
The direction of AFOS is critical and important in the next ten years. An assertive and proactive organization is called for to help build new osteoporosis societies, help increase awareness in various Asian countries, advance osteoporosis education through affordable courses, and enhance networking on management.
The AFOS Philippine Team is welcoming everyone with our famous Filipino hospitality!
Prof. Leilani B. Mercado-Asis, MD, PhD, MPH
1Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia (2018), doi.org/10.1016/j.afos.2018.03.003
2 Osteopenia and Sarcopenia 3(2017), doi: 10.1016/j.afos.2017.11.002