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World Menopause Day
Reports from CAMS Societies on their Celebrations of World Menopause Month, 2009
World Menopause Month – or Day or Week – was celebrated in October 2009 in many regions of the world and by many of the national menopause societies belonging to CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies. Short reports of the activities of some of the societies are printed below. Thank you to the Presidents and CAMS Representatives who sent in these reports! We hope that members will find these interesting and perhaps they will provide ideas to celebrate World Menopause Month in 2010!
The Australasian Menopause Society
Dr Beverly Lawton, President of the Australasian Menopause Society, reported that her society highlighted World Menopause Month by two press releases which promoted World Menopause Month and also promoted the society’s new website with evidenced-based patient information. The society also made statements expressing concern at the cost of various HRT products and that this is a barrier to treatment.
The Bangladesh Menopause Society
As Secretary General of the Bangladesh Menopause Society, Dr Suraiya Rahman reported that her society marked World Menopause Day by holding a press meeting and rally on October 18–19; arranging a whole-day scientific program on October 24th, including different aspects of menopausal problems, involving related specialties – cardiac, breast, orthopedic and urology; and providing an entertainment program for the general public to create awareness amongst menopausal women. Outside the capital city of Dhaka, awareness programmes and scientific seminars in and outside academic institutes were organized. There were also TV programmes and write-ups in the newspapers.
The Belgian Menopause Society
Professor Ulysse Gaspard, CAMS Representative for the Belgian Menopause Society, reported that the society held a National Press Conference which was directed at the TV, radio and newspapers and centered on the treatment of the symptomatic menopausal woman, particularly concerning the treatment of hot flushes. The society devoted its Autumn Symposium in September in Brussels to ‘Cancers in women after the Menopause’.
The Croatian Menopause Society
Professor Ivan Fistonic reported that the Croatian Menopause Society prepared a menopause week in mid-October. The first event was the Croatian congress on Gynecological Endocrinology and Menopause in the Brijuni Islands. The menopause session included a press conference attended by relevant journalists and covering health and menopause. In the light of the recent rise in the number of litigations for medical errors in the field of menopause, the main sessions covered this issue. During the menopause week, the public were given information on new trends in prescribing HRT with the accent on its benefits for woman at the third age. Electronic and written media reported on the program and a panel with journalists touched the issue of communication and proper information.
The Indian Menopause Society
Dr Sunila Khandelwal, President of the society, reports that the society has 34 chapters across the country and all celebrated the Month in a more or less uniform manner. The following programmes with slight variations based on local practices were planned by all chapters: Continuing Medical Education programmes with modules for general practitioners and undergraduates designed by the Indian Menopause Society; quizzes for postgraduates; osteoporosis awareness programmes and cancer awareness programmes. By successfully conducting the above, they aimed to fulfil the society’s mission of spreading knowledge about menopausal health, not only among the public but also among medical students and general practitioners.
The society’s magazine Poise has been circulated widely this year and, to commemorate World Menopause Day, a special issue was released. More than 20,000 copies were distributed across the country.
The Indian Menopause Society’s Club 35+, with the help of NGO, held meetings on various health issues along with health camps in various cities.
The Indonesian Menopause Society, PERMI
Dr Sjarief Darmasetiawan, CAMS Representative for PERMI, reported that the society conducted a one-day seminar pertaining to the climacteric for lay people and a course on the osteoporosis aspects of menopause, in collaboration with an osteoporosis society, on October 21–22.
The Japan Menopause Society
The Japan Menopause Society designated October 18 as World Menopause Day and the period October 18–24 as Menopause Week 2009. The following activities were held with the support of public organizations and menopause medicine providers: designing a symbol mark with a slogan for the campaign in Menopause Week, and distributing badges showing the symbol mark and slogan to women around menopause; distributing posters advertising Menopause Week which were designed by a famous Japanese cartoon artist, named Ms Riyoko Ikeda; distributing brochures covering menopause health care and treatments; promoting awareness of the importance of preventing menopausal and postmenopausal health problems, using the society’s website and nationwide newspapers; providing telephone counselling services on menopausal health promotion by specialists belonging to the society; registering World Menopause Day on the list of Japanese Memorial Days. As the consequence of official identification, it is expected that World Menopause Day will be recognized widely by the public through the information disseminated by the mass media.
The Philippines Menopause Society
Dr Joan Tan Garcia, President of the Society, sent a detailed report about the activities of her society. On September 17–18, the society organized a very successful annual convention, with a very interesting scientific programme arranged by Dr Delfin Tan, with Professors John Eden and Peter Collins as keynote speakers. A meeting was held with the Philippine Heart Association Women’s Council for Cardiovascular Health at which Professor Peter Collins shared the European experience. A mission statement was agreed, to promote the cardiovascular health of the Filipino menopausal woman.
For World Menopause Month, in St Luke’s Medical Center, where Dr Tan is the section chief of the menopause clinic, lay fora were arranged with lectures on the effects of HRT on breast and other organs for menopausal women. A medical clinic was offered which gave free Pap smears, breast examinations and bone density testing. In Cebu, on October 18, there was a beauty contest of women aged > 50 as well as the lay forum for postmenopausal health. They invited a previous Miss Universe winner, Gloria Diaz, as guest speaker to talk about how she was enjoying her menopausal years.
The Portuguese Menopause Society
The President of the Portuguese Menopause Society, Dr Mário de Sousa, sent a report of the events at a national meeting in Chaves, where interviews were given to national TV, radio and the internet. A local radio programme was organized with the participation of local doctors and the public. In addition, a walk and exercise by the river Tamega in Chaves was arranged with the local population. Informative booklets on menopause were distributed. Cooperation agreements were celebrated with local health centers in the National Health system, with the Local University of Nurses, and with Lisbon’s University of Nurses. In addition, an article about menopause by Professor Neves-e-Castro was published in an important national newspaper.
The Romanian Menopause Society
Professor Decebal Hudita, President of the Society, reported that this year has been a very active one for the society. In April, there was an interview on menopause in Intercity Magasin, and in May there were symposia on women’s health. These were followed in June by the National Congress of Menopause and an interview on TV in July. For October, the society gave an interview to Viata Medicala, a journal for all the population and physicians. On October 31st, the society organized a special meeting to celebrate World Menopause Month, in which gynecologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists and general practitioners all participated. The goal of the meeting was to establish new HRT recommendations according to the latest publications and worldwide trends. Three speakers involved in HRT communication presented the following lectures: Professor Dr Simona, President of the National Endocrinology Society, spoke on ‘HRT and metabolic modifications and their consequences’; Professor Dr Corina Galesanu, President of the National Psycho-Neuro-Endocrinology Society talked about ‘Postmenopausal osteoporosis: treatment actualities’; and Professor Dr Decebal Hudita gave a lecture on ‘Menopause and HRT – present and future’. The participants really appreciated the lectures and this emphasized the necessity of finding a better approach in order to increase the addressability and acceptance of HRT in Romania. The conclusion of the meeting was that it is the specialists’ responsibility to increase HRT awareness and to continue to inform and educate the public on menopause and its treatment.
The Serbian Menopause Society
Professor Svetlana Vujovic, President of the Serbian Menopause Society, reported that the Society now has 400 members, a remarkable number relative to the population of Serbia. On October 16th, the Society held its regular meeting to celebrate World Menopause Month. Four eminent professors gave lectures concerning the menopause. The media were involved in events during the whole month.
The Swiss Menopause Society
Professor Martin Birkhaeuser, CAMS Representative, reported that the Swiss Menopause Society held a special event at Berne during the week of World Menopause Day. A month later, there was a congress on women’s health in Lucerne.
The Taiwanese Menopause Society
Professor Ko-En Huang reported that the Taiwanese Menopause Society organized a large-scale campaign for World Menopause Day on October 18 in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The activities were co-hosted by the Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association to also celebrate World Osteoporosis Day, which is on October 20. Government officers, including the Minister of the Health Department, the Head of the National Health Bureau and the Mayor of the city of Taipei, were invited to attend the campaign. Many health providers, who are opinion leaders in the field of menopause, spoke at the campaign about the possible effects of menopause and their prevention as well as treatment of those problems. There was a quiz session after each talk and small gifts were awarded to the first person who answered the quiz right.
The Uruguayan Menopause Society
Dr Eduardo Storch, CAMS Representative, reported that the Uruguayan Menopause Society held a special event during the week of World Menopause Day, at which invited opinion leaders in the fields of gynecology, endocrinology, hematology and internal medicine met for a full-morning Workshop to update participants on the trends in HT and to discuss the misinterpretation of the clinical trials. On another day, there was an open conference for the media and the public.