The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (formerly Bone and Joint Decade)

Launched in January 2000, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (G-Musc), formerly known as the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) is an independent global non-profit organization.

Its headquarters are in Cornwall, United Kingdom. G-Musc is comprised of National Action Networks in over 60 countries and is supported by more than 750 related organizations globally.

G-Musc is overseen by an International Coordinating Council composed of health professionals, organization representatives and patients from all parts of the globe. The goal of G-Musc is to improve the health-related quality of life for people with musculoskeletal disorders throughout the world. G-Musc aims to achieve this will the following objectives:

  • To reduce the social and financial cost of musculoskeletal disorders to society
  • To empower patients to make decisions about their care
  • To improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for all patients
  • To advance research on prevention and treatment

G-Musc recognizes that no single organization can accomplish all desired health benefits. G-Musc is a multi-disciplinary initiative involving everyone concerned with the care of bone and joint disorders.

G-Musc encompasses diseases associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as joint diseases, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, spinal disorders, severe trauma to the extremities, crippling diseases and deformities in children.

At the start of the second decade in 2010, the BJD made a further 10-year commitment to furthering its mission and was rebranded as BJD – A Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health Its organizational tag-line is to ‘Keep People Moving’.

BJD Action Week

October 12-20, 2016 marks the twelfth annual BJD Action Week, dedicating specific days to major conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, with activities planned in countries around the world aimed at highlighting the significant impact of these disorders on millions of children, adults and elderly people worldwide.  Focus days include:

October 12 – World Arthritis Day http://www.worldarthritisday.org
October 16 – World Spine Day http://www.worldspineday.org
October 17 – World Trauma Day
October 19- World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB &J) Day
October 20 – World Osteoporosis Day http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org