The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated modern medical equipment, invaluable for the surgical treatment of children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SB/H). The aid has come after a call from the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Tanzania (ASBAHT) in collaboration with the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI). Chairman of ASBAHT, Mr. Abdulhakim Bayakub, received praise for his endless efforts to make sure that children with SB/H and their parents get proper care and that society accepts these children. Through parent meetings, organised by ASBAHT and supported by MOI, the stigma associated with SB/H is slowly being overcome.
The European Commission has decided to make May 2013 the European Month of the Brain - a full month packed with events and activities to make decision-makers, stakeholders, the media and the public aware of the successes achieved and the challenges still laying ahead for brain research. The European Commission will organise two key events as part of the European Month of the Brain 2013: a conference to showcase European projects in the field and outline future scientific challenges (organised in Brussels on 14 May 2013); a conference on European foresight policy for brain research and healthcare (organised under the Irish EU Presidency in Dublin on 27-28 May 2013).
Save the date! On June 28 and 29, 2013, IF's 24th International Conference "Unite & Share" will be held in Izmir, Turkey. The conference is being organised and hosted by IF's member organisation from Turkey, Spina Bifida Dernegi. The programme will bring people together from all over the world to share the latest knowledge on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and to offer them an opportunity to exchange their experiences. Both healthcare professionals and people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus and their families will be most welcome to participate. Please visit the conference website for more detailed information. We look forward to meeting you in Izmir!