23 May 2014 // The 67th World Health Assembly approved the World Health Organization (WHO) global disability action plan 2014–2021: Better health for all people with disability. This action plan outlines why specific action is required to ensure better health for persons with disabilities and gives clear objectives to achieve this through access to mainstream healthcare, rehabilitation, assistive technology, technical support and improved data. IF took part in the WHO consultation that was launched last year and highlighted areas of importance to people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
22 May 2014 // In 2013 IF President Margo Whiteford and former IF President Pierre Mertens established strong connections with the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) in an effort to raise awareness about Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SB/H), remove stigma, and improve the access to healthcare for people with SB/H in China. As a result, a special committee for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus has been established within the CDPF this year. IF's President and Secretary General were both present at the launch ceremony to celebrate the start of the official Chinese SB/H association. As part of the events a Chinese website dedicated entirely to SB/H was created: www.jzlz.org.
20 May 2014 // EDF members from all over Europe came together in Zagreb for EDF's Annual General Assembly on 17/18 May 2014. The meeting was followed by a European conference under the theme: Monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The conference opened a dialogue between national and European organisations of persons with disabilities concerning their view on the upcoming EU report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. EDF is preparing an alternative report on the implementation of the UNCRPD in the EU and IF will take the lead on the articles 25 (Health) and 26 (Habilitation and Rehabilitation).