3 December 2014 // On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we would like to present you IF three years strategy 2015-2017. It starts with the outline of our main focus areas, includes PEST and SWOT analysis, highlights our vision and mission, and describes how are we planning to realise our goals in the coming years.
In 2015 – 2017, the three strategic objectives of IF are:
1. Primary Prevention
2. Right to Health
3. Community Building
2-3 December 2014 // IF is celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Three young adults with spina bifida and hydrocephalus are representing IF at the celebration of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels. Persons with disabilities, and especially young persons with disabilities, have the right to fully participate in society, and in equal terms with others. This right is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), to which the EU is a party, together with its Member States.
25 November 2014 // In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. A new Eurofound report, "Access to healthcare in times of crisis", outlines the impact of the crisis on access to the complex network of healthcare provision across Europe. The report identifies the groups most likely to face barriers to healthcare as a consequence of the crisis, including a number of new groups that have been generally overlooked by policymakers. Coinciding with the crisis, there is an increase in the number of people with disabilities, a group with relatively large healthcare needs. The report finds that the crisis has sometimes affected their ability to pay healthcare costs and that in some countries chronically ill and disabled people have also been affected by changes in copayment rules.