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Launch of multidisciplinary alliance aiming to curb Asia Pacific’s fragility fractures
A ground-breaking multi-stakeholder alliance charged with countering fragility fractures threatening the world’s most populated, and fastest ageing region, will be unveiled in Sydney, Australia today.
Formation of the Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance coincides with an article published in MJA Insight calling for an urgent, cross-disciplinary, multi-sector response to the mounting medical emergency facing Asia’s 4.5 billion inhabitants (comprising 60 per cent of the global population).1 The article appeals for the swift implementation of mobility-maintaining strategies to enable older people to live well, and independently, for as long as possible.2
The Alliance’s four regional and three global representatives drawn from the osteoporosis, geriatrics, orthopaedics and rehabilitation sectors, will focus on three pillars – improving acute care for those who sustain bone fragility fractures (due to osteoporosis), subsequent patient rehabilitation, and secondary fracture prevention. Members of the umbrella organisation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which underscores their commitment to work collaboratively throughout the Asia Pacific region to improve outcomes for people who sustain fragility fractures.
According to Dato’ Dr. Joon-Kiong Lee, an orthopaedic surgeon from Malaysia, MJA Insight co-author, and Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance Co-Chair, a fragility fracture, which currently occurs every three seconds across the globe,3 compromises quality of life, and puts the affected individual at twice the risk