24 December 2013 // On behalf of the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) Board and secretariat members I would like to wish you a relaxing winter holiday season and a festive start to 2014, which I hope will be a successful year for you both personally and professionally.
Looking back at 2013, our organization has witnessed a very successful and eventful year. I would like to take this opportunity and invite you to review past activities and our latest initiatives.
We would be delighted to welcome you as a PUSH member in 2014. We are looking forward to various conferences, meetings and trainings across the world, and of course, our upcoming Annual General Assembly in Argentina.
Lieven Bauwens, IF Secretary General
20 December 2013 // Last week, the closing conference of the European Year of Citizens took place in Vilnius. The event gathering over 300 people highlighted the work realized by the Alliance of 62 European networks and more than 4000 individual organisations to promote the idea of a more open, inclusive and participative Europe.
The recommendations prepared by the European Year of Citizens Alliance and to which IF contributed – were handed over by the Alliance Chair Jean-Marc Roirant to Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, who committed to take them into consideration in the preparation of the final report for this European Year published by the European Commission.
18 December 2013 // Last week IF Secretary General participated in a cost/benefit workshop in Tanzania to equip leaders from various African regions to calculate the economic benefit of cereal grain fortification. The event has been organized by Smarter Futures Partners. It gathered participants from eastern and southern Africa which are already fortifying flour or are in the planning stage, for example Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Rwanda and Burundi. Participants represented various sectors, such as health, economic or finance ministries; National Fortification Alliances, and financial experts from milling companies.