pregnancyBrussels 5 April 2016 // World Health Day (WHD) is celebrated every year on April 7th. The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen diabetes as its theme for WHD in 2016 – for the first time ever.

Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. As a result, glucose levels raise in the blood. Poor control of diabetes during pregnancy increases the chances for having a baby developing a birth defect, being stillborn (or dying shortly after birth), being too small or large for gestational age, and can also lead to serious, and sometimes life threatening complications for the mother.

IF logo Brussels 29 March 2016 // In Europe there are 80 million people with disabilities; this represents around 15% of the whole population. Most of these people are prevented from participating in society and economy because of physical or other barriers. In 2010 the European Commission adopted the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to empower people with disabilities to enjoy their full rights and create a barrier-free Europe. Moreover, the European Disability Strategy provides a multiannual framework to further the implementation of the UNCRPD by the EU and Member States.

UK government says no to mandatory fortification of flour with folic acidBrussels 25 March 2016 // It now seems clear that the UK government has decided to reject mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid, despite repeated recommendations to do so from the UK's Food Standards Agency and the SACN. In response to Oral Questions in the House of Lords earlier this week, the Parliamentary Under -Secretary of State for the Department of Health, Lord Prior of Brampton, stated that Government ‘currently have no plans to introduce the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid’. 

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