Capture the Fracture comes to the Middle East!

First CTF FLS workshop in the region has been held in Saudi Arabia - a successful event which we hope will set a precedent for future mentorship trainings and workshops in the region.

On October 27, the first Capture the Fracture (CTF) Workshop dedicated to Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) was held at the King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh in collaboration with the Saudi Osteoporosis Society, a member of the IOF Committee of National Societies. Professor Riad Sulimani, President of the Saudi Osteoporosis Society and IOF Board Member, was instrumental in organising the event and making it such a success.

Twenty participants attended from many different hospitals, including government, teaching/university, and military hospitals. The attendees included endocrinologists, orthopaedic surgeons as well as a member of the Ministry of Health.

Professor Donncha O’Gradaigh, an active member of the CTF Steering Committee, was invited as the IOF FLS champion to provide the targeted training on FLS implementation. Local experts Professor Sadat Ali and Professor Basmah Alwahhabi gave talks on epidemiology of fractures, health economics of fractures and FLS progress in Saudi Arabia.

The workshop was well received among participants and there were many interactive group discussions. The need for, and importance of, implementing FLS for secondary prevention was underlined during the Workshop, and the participants shared information about the challenges encountered by their clinics.

There was much enthusiasm shown by participants, and many sought guidance and advice on how to convince administrators and payers to support and fund FLS - one of the major obstacles faced in FLS implementation, not just in the Middle-East, but around the world.