PUSH words logoBrussels 22 April 2016 // The PUSH! Global Alliance (People United for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus) today launched its second round of Global Report Cards from Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) and Western Pacific Region (WPRO) , providing country-level information on hydrocephalus and spina bifida prevention efforts, access to care, quality of life, and availability of prevalence and mortality data. See the information online at www.pu-sh.org/global-report-cards  

PUSH! is the global voice for organizations worldwide working to better the lives of people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The goals are to advance surveillance and prevention efforts, to improve quality of care, and to eliminate disparities in access to care, through research, communications and capacity building.

Early Child Intervention21-22 April, Moldova // IF Secretary General, Lieven Bauwens is representing IF at the EASPD Annual Conference, “Growing together: from grassroots initiatives to national strategies in early-childhood intervention”. He provided the insights from the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus community on the state of play of early childhood intervention (ECI) in Europe.  

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.

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