110131 Fears for increase in birth defects in Ireland

Fears for increase in birth defects in Ireland

A new report, published in the Irish Medical Journal, has warned that there could be a rise in the number of babies born with birth defects in Ireland as women cut back on more expensive fortified foods during the recession. The report voices serious concern at the failure by a majority of expectant mothers to ensure they are getting enough of the B vitamin folic acid, which helps reduce the chances of a baby being born with a neural tube defect that can cause spina bifida. The research shows that just 36 percent had taken folic acid before pregnancy. Doctors fear women are cutting back on foods which are fortified with the vitamin because they are more expensive as they "tighten their purchasing habits". Click here to read the article that appeared in the Irish Independent.
The rate of neural tube defects is higher in Ireland than in many other European countries. 


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.
Ten years in Uganda has witnessed thousands of families healed, given hope and lives transformed


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.
CURE Children’s Hospital in Uganda celebrated its 10th anniversary


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