IOF CNS medal awarded to Teréza Hough, South

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has awarded the prestigious CNS Medal to Teréza Hough, CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation South Africa (NOFSA), in recognition of his longstanding dedication to raising awareness, education and advocacy for osteoporosis both nationally and through his participation in the IOF Global Network.

The IOF National Society Committee (NSC) Medal is awarded annually to honor an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the defense of bone health while making a significant contribution to the National Society Committee ( CNS) of the IOF through active participation in CNS activities and expanding IOF message and awareness at the local level.

Since 2003, Teréza Hough has been CEO of NOFSA, an IOF Member Society and the only voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in South Africa. She has been involved in the field of osteoporosis for 35 years. After earning degrees in general nursing and midwifery, she completed a degree in organizational and industrial psychology and communication. She was the head professional nurse responsible for the endocrine and metabolic unit at Tygerberg Hospital and education manager for NOFSA. She has also served as study coordinator and DXA operator for several osteoporosis clinical trials. In addition to co-authoring several articles in medical journals, she has written numerous articles on osteoporosis and related topics for the lay press, written chapters on endocrinology for graduate nurses, presented at various national and international meetings, and has been a guest speaker on several radio and television shows.

Teréza is also a strong lobbyist for patients’ rights and has participated in several working groups, advisory councils and expert panels, both nationally and internationally. After receiving the CNS Medal, she said:

“Thank you very much for this honor granted to me. Being part of the IOF-CNS community where we all work together to make a difference in the way osteoporosis is diagnosed and treated is an absolute privilege.

“NOFSA is so fortunate to have access to the incredible hub of information and visual content that IOF produces and which we can use to raise awareness about osteoporosis nationwide.”

Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, President of the CNS, added:

“It is with great pleasure that we award this year’s CNS medal to Teréza Hough. As CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation South Africa, she has been a dedicated member of the global IOF family for almost twenty years. Each year, NOFSA actively participates in the IOF-led World Osteoporosis Day campaign and other public awareness initiatives. Teréza Hough has been a committed and outstanding champion for bone health and osteoporosis prevention in South Africa, working tirelessly to raise awareness and advance the education of the public, patients and healthcare professionals through the country.

the IOF Committee of National Societies includes more than 300 patient and physician organizations in bone and related fields such as women’s health and patient advocacy. It represents the world’s largest network of national and regional organizations dedicated to osteoporosis and musculoskeletal disorders. CNS Societies are led by committed people who – often as volunteers – do invaluable work to raise awareness and improve patient care nationwide. Their grassroots efforts in the local implementation of IOF information campaigns have helped spread important prevention messages and key information for the benefit of patients around the world.


About the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO)
Organized jointly by IOF and ESCEO, the annual WCO-IOF-ESCEO Congress is the world’s largest forum for the presentation of clinical research and new advances in the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, sarcopenia and frailty. The WCO-IOF-ESCEO 2022 takes place in the form of a virtual congress. For complete information, visit
WCO-IOF-ESCO 2023 is scheduled for May 4-7, 2023 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

About the OIF
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world’s largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members, including scientific research committees as well as more than 300 patient, medical and research organizations, work together to make fracture prevention and healthy mobility a global priority in healthcare. health. @iofbonehealth

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to close interaction between clinical scientists dealing with rheumatic disorders, the pharmaceutical industry developing new compounds in this field, regulators responsible for registering these drugs and health policy makers, to integrate the management of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis into the global perspective of the use of health resources. ESCEO’s objective is to provide practitioners with the latest clinical and economic information, enabling them to organize their daily practice, from an evidence-based medicine perspective, with a cost-conscious perception.

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