Global Nutrition Report 2015Brussels 13 January 2016 // The Global Nutrition Report 2015 (GNR) is a world card on the world's nutrition and on efforts to improve it. At the same time, it assesses countries' progress in meeting global nutrition targets established by the World Health Assembly.

The GNR 2015 highlighted that the global progress to reduce malnutrition has been slow and nearly half of all the countries are facing serious troubles on malnutrition such as micronutrient deficiency. For instance, foliate deficiency is associated with the risk of Neural Tube Defects. This is why, IF works to strengthen knowledge and optimise the intake of folic acid among women.


Poster 2015 in review-activitiesBrussels 23 December 2015 // The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) Board and Secretariat members would like to wish you happy holidays and a prosperous 2016, which we hope will be a successful year for you both personally and professionally. Looking back at 2015, IF has witnessed a very successful and eventful year. We would like to take this opportunity and invite you to review past activities and our latest initiatives. We are looking forward to various conferences, meetings and trainings across the world, and of course, our upcoming International Conference on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Ghent.


folic acid Brussels 21 December 2015 // The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF), once again urges the UK Government to respond positively to the repeated recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Nutrition (SACN) and a growing number of medical experts.         

As the international umbrella organisation for all those affected by Neural Tube Defects and Hydrocephalus, IF has become increasingly concerned about the worldwide lack of action and importance being placed on the primary prevention of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs). The organisation will demonstrate its commitment, by launching the first ever global prevention initiative to tackle the issue in 2016. With a highly regarded team of international experts, IF plans to use the knowledge and experience gained over the last 20 years to support other countries in developing prevention strategies to address NTD prevention as a global community.

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