25 October 2014 // The World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day’s third edition kicks- off with the theme “Access to Healthcare for all". It reminds the public and policy makers that Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are a reality and increases awareness to improve the lives of people living with these conditions while celebrating many achievements made by our enthusiastic worldwide community.
Persons with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus and their parents need healthcare and social services to coordinate and cooperate with each other, in order to deliver appropriate, timely, adequate and efficient treatment and support. Services provided at an affordable and accessible multidisciplinary clinic are the best way to treat, support, and follow up a person with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus.
08 October 2014 // During the ICORD 2014 Annual Meeting in the Netherlands, experts convened to discuss the lack of progress in the prevention of NTDs and how to translate research evidence into effective and efficient policy decisions, balancing benefits and risks globally, resulting in policy determinations acceptable to all stakeholders.
IF Secretary General, Lieven Bauwens emphasized the urgent need for primary prevention strategies from the point of view of the organisations for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. More than 23 years have passed since the results of the Medical Research Council Vitamin Study were published which established beyond doubt that the intake of folic acid supplements reduces the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) developing in pregnancy.
2 October 2014 // The new Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus South Africa was launched during a ceremony in Cape Town last week.
Supported by a committed group of board members and experts, Zubeida Toefy (front middle) expressed a great ambition for the next couple of years. ASBAH SA intends to reach out to the different South African provinces and wants to develop, together with the South-African experts, a place where all persons with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus would be able to receive the right support.
The launch of ASBAH SA coincided with a workshop at the Red Cross War Memorial pediatric Hospital on multidisciplinary care for children with SBH in South Africa. This project started in March 2014 with the publication of 2 volumes of Continuing Medical Education in the South African Medical Journal: