110126 Celebrating a decade of saving lives in Uganda

Celebrating a decade of saving lives in Uganda

CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda celebrated its 10th birthday. Throughout the decade, the hospital has positioned itself as an acclaimed center of excellence in treating children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. “Since opening its doors in 2000, over 35000 patients have been seen and 7500 major neurosurgical operations performed. Ten years in Uganda has seen tremendous strides made in changing the perceptions and attitudes towards children with big heads.” says Derek Johnson, the executive director. IF Child Help has been supporting Cure from the beginning with material, equipment and training. As a birthday present IF president, Pierre Mertens, handed over a € 60.000 check to CURE to support the IPATH program for endoscopic treatment in other developing countries. Watch a video about 10 years at CURE Uganda.
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Ten years in Uganda has witnessed thousands of families healed, given hope and lives transformed

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110120 Lucys baby received treatment at CURE

Lucy's baby received treatment at CURE Uganda

IF president Pierre Mertens visited CURE Children’s Hospital in Mbale, Uganda for their 10th anniversary celebrations.
Pierre met the mother and child whose story ran in The Daily Monitor newspaper. Lucy is a 17-year-old mother with a baby suffering from Hydrocephalus who was born on March 15, 2010. In spite of Lucy's desperate search for help, her baby boy received no treatment. Thanks to individual donations and the intervention of Rebecca from IF Child Help Uganda, they came to CURE and the baby was operated on. A follow-up article about CURE and its work to treat Hydrocephalus was published after the celebrations.
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CURE Children’s Hospital in Uganda celebrated its 10th anniversary

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110120 Primary prevention in the Norwegian press

Primary prevention in the Norwegian press

The Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen published two articles about the prevention of Spina Bifida in 2010. These articles emphasized on the need for better information campaigns about the use of folic acid. “We want prevention of the diagnosis, not abortion of individuals with the condition. We therefore request a more active campaign for the use of folic acid”, says Guro Fjellanger. She is the former Minister of Environment and has Spina Bifida herself. Eli Skattebu, the general manager of the Spina Bifida association in Norway stresses in the article that it’s possible to prevent many things by early intake of a dietary supplement.
Click here for the English translation of Spina Bifida can be prevented and Possible to avoid late abortion by taking folate.
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"The authorities have launched information campaigns, but we still see that too few take folate for long enough and in the correct dose", says Guro Fjellanger.

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