Poor bone health affects 200 million older individuals globally and can lead to chronic pain, injury, disability, and premature death. In Singapore the number of hip fractures has been climbing steadily to one of the highest age adjusted rates in Asia. ACCESS Health Singapore is driving a new bone health initiative as secretariat of the very first Bone Alliance in Singapore. The Alliance will work to improve awareness and to build new partnerships, ecosystems, and communities of practice for better bone health. Earlier this year, ACCESS Health and the Alliance partners held a signing ceremony where Alliance members committed to working together to create solutions that close the fracture gaps and to improve awareness of bone health and osteoporosis early identification and interventions.
Future Alliance work may focus on increasing preventive initiatives to preserve bone health, with an emphasis on early identification and timely intervention for high risk patients, promoting evidence based research to inform policymaking, and improving the patient experience through multiple channel engagement. The Bone Alliance will work synergistically with the Health Futures Network, which is an ecosystem for healthcare innovation that includes healthcare providers, academia, and industry. ACCESS Health hopes that the formation of the Alliance will mark the beginning of meaningful multisectoral partnerships to affect real change in this very important health area.