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World Menopause Day 2014
To celebrate World Menopause Day on October 18th 2014, IMS is launching a new campaign with the theme “Prevention of diseases after menopause”.
After the menopause there is an increased risk of the development of chronic diseases and this campaign examines the rationale for prevention and the opportunity to identify risks and initiate prevention strategies for chronic diseases which begin to occur about 10 years after the onset of menopause. These diseases are a major source of morbidity, decreased quality of life, mortality and economic burden.
Lead author of the White Paper, Professor Roger Lobo, commented;
An educational toolkit of materials has been developed to support local country initiatives throughout the month of October to raise awareness of this potential health issue and many have been translated into key languages to ensure the campaign has a truly international perspective.
A White Paper 'Prevention of diseases after menopause'
The International Menopause Society undertook a systematic review to summarise the literature regarding the impact of the menopause and associated risk factors of diseases of aging and how to prevent them. The review is already available for download as an Early Online publication on the Informa website and will be published in the hard copy of our peer-reviewed journal, Climacteric, in October 2014.
Translations of the review are available free of charge to download in English - see links below. Other translations will be added as they become available.
The IMS grants permission to individuals only to reproduce the copies of the review for their own personal use but requests that organisations contact Ms Lee Tomkins, IMS Executive Director for advice on how to order reprints.
A short accompanying slide kit, ‘Prevention of diseases after menopause’ for physician education has also been produced and is available in the following languages:
Awareness raising poster – 'Maintaining health and preventing disease after the menopause'
This A4 poster is designed to encourage women to make lifestyle changes today for a healthier life tomorrow highlighting that prevention is key and that managing lifestyle risk factors will lower risks and enhance quality of life.
The poster can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional. It is available in the following languages:
Patient information leaflet – 'Maintaining health and preventing disease after the menopause'
This is a comprehensive booklet which reviews the risk factors associated with aging and highlights the preventative measures that can be adopted to reduce that risk of chronic diseases developing after the menopause.Health care providers and women can read and download the leaflet – see links below:
World Menopause Day – a physician educational event in Uruguay
Eduardo Storch, on behalf of The “Sociedad Ginecotocológica del Uruguay”, has planned a physician meeting to discuss menopause and is using the World Menopause Day theme, Prevention of diseases after menopause, as the focus of the meeting. Invited are gynecologists, endocrinologists and general practitioners, and in the evening he is planning two more community based lectures.
Please click onto the sample programme and poster, and if you are arranging something similar in your country, please let IMS know so we can share your ideas as well. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports on World Menopause Day from around the world
Please check back soon for reports on World Menopause Day in our member countries. If you have a report for your society, we would be very glad to receive it - pleae email email@example.com
Source of funding
The translations of the review and costs for the provision of these educational materials were supported by IMS funds. The industry has had no influence on the choice of contributors, the content and the writing of the review, or any other campaign initiatives.
World Menopause Month
The International Menopause Society, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the Day, the IMS and the member national societies of CAMS, the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distribute materials and organize activities to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. Since it is not always possible for local societies to arrange activities for this specific day, the IMS has now designated October as World Menopause Month. Local societies can also collaborate with other organizations working in the field of adult women's health, such as societies for osteoporosis and breast cancer, to organize joint events. World Menopause Month can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.