The Swiss Association against Osteoporosis (Association Suisse contre l'Ostéoporose [ASCO], Schweizerische Vereinigung gegen die Osteoprorose [SVGO]) was founded in 1989 with the primary aim to bring together the specialists of various fields, i.e. internal medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, gynecology, orthopedic surgery, social- and preventive medicine, dealing with the problems of osteoporosis and to integrate the rapidly growing knowledge and progress on osteoporosis in a national consensus.
The members of the board represent the various regions of Switzerland and the various medical specialties. Click here to view th committee.
The main acitivities over the past few years have been to organize postgraduate training workshops in osteoporosis throughout the country for the primary care physicians and physicians of other medical specialities. Guidelines for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis have been published and distributed to all physicians dealing with the problem of osteoporosis.
Other activities included an information campaign for the public to increase the awareness of the problem of osteoporosis. To this aim public conferences were organized in collaboration with the patient osteoporosis society , Donna Mobile. Another campaign throughout the country was organized in 1998 to inform the public, particularly concerned women interested in prevention, as well as patients already suffering from osteoporosis.
Available publications from the society:Epidemiology of Osteoporosis in Switzerland
For further details please contact:
Prof. Serge Ferrari
Division des Maladies Osseuses
Département des spécialités de Médecine
Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4
Tel. 022 372 99 60
Fax. 022 382 99 73