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

Ulla Weigerstorfer, Miss Austria, Miss World 1987

I encourage young girls and boys to realize that the way they treat their bodies will have a big impact later in life. I know that teenagers consider themselves 'invincible', and I was that way too, of course. But it isn’t difficult to 'invest in your bones'. Don’t buy into the myth of starving yourself. Don’t be a couch potato. Eat wisely, get outside and have fun. Your body will thank you in a few years.