Charity profile

Osteoporosis is a systemic disease that causes the skeleton to become porous and brittle and this can lead to fractures of the forearm, spine and hip.

One in three women and one in five men will develop a fracture
as a result of osteoporosis.

Aging population – Currently only 16% (8 million) South Africans > 50 years. This statistic will change dramatically over the next 20-30 years when our children and grandchildren will be over the age of fifty!

1.6 million females and 0.8 million males > 50 may currently be suffering from osteoporosis Almost 30% of hip fracture patients die within a year and more than 50% of the rest will never function independently again. Osteoporosis causes no discomfort or pain until fractures occur and has been called the “Silent Disease”.

Our vision
To improve the quality of life for all those suffering from osteoporosis and to make the
diagnostic and treatment tools available to all.

Our mission
The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA) is the only nonprofit,
voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in order to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures.

To accomplish our mission we do the following:

Fundraising -
To support our programs and services;
Research -
Determining the fracture prevalence and cost implications thereof on our economy.
Education and support -
Providing education and support for people with osteoporosis
Training -
Conducting osteoporosis education programmes/courses for health care professionals to better understand osteoporosis, its prevention and treatment
Awareness -
Educating the public about osteoporosis and about the importance of prevention, early diagnosis and available treatment
Advocacy -
Advocating the interests of people affected by osteoporosis at medical, societal and political levels of influence.
Advice -
Counselling osteoporosis sufferers through written, electronic and telephonic
communications.