Join the Flemish initiative to support Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus projects for children in developing countries14 January 2015 // The Flemish Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus offers their support to Child-Help and invites you to join a special event in HETPALEIS in Antwerp, Belgium, on Sunday March 29, 2015 at 15.00h. A special benefit performance for the entire family (6+) will take place of the production "Ans and Wilma stranded". Tickets are 17 Euro, which includes a 5 Euro donation for Child-Help. These donations will be used for Child-Help projects in developing countries for children born with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus. In the foyer of HETPALEIS, you will be able to learn more about the work of Child-Help in Nigeria.

With very best wishes to you all for the coming Festive Season and I wish you health and happiness in 2015.It is hard to believe that we are approaching Christmas again and that I have been President of IF for 18 months – the time has just flown by! 

2014 has been a very busy year and has seen a lot of exciting developments within the IF community on a worldwide scale. In January, I was in Madrid for our Board meeting and it was very interesting to see the facilities which the Madrid Association have and their way of working. At this meeting we discussed ways in which we could extend the PUSH community and the possibility of having a Global Experts Panel to provide expertise within various domains (Quality of Life - ‘Human Rights’, ‘Social Inclusion’, ‘Services and Care’ and Prevention - ‘Causes’, ‘Genetics’, ‘Public Health’).

Celebrating a Decade of Fortification Progress in Africa11 December 2014 // In 2004, only two countries in Africa (South Africa and Nigeria) had legislation to fortify wheat flour with at least iron and/or folic acid. Now 24 countries in Africa have such legislation, including six which also have mandates to fortify maize flour. A map illustrating this decade of progress was featured during an Africa Network Meeting 2-3 December 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The Africa Network Meeting was organized by Smarter Futures, a partnership for Africa of the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, AkzoNobel, Helen Keller International, the Government of the Netherlands, and the Food Fortification Initiative. The map that was presented at the meeting can be downloaded here. More information can be found on the FFI website, including a page with the presentations. Don't forget to check out the photos of the meeting by Andrew Gorman on Flickr!

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