EU countries united by pins30 January 2017 // In further pursuit of the improvement of the welfare systems within the European Union, IF has endorsed a joint statement developed by EuroHealthNet to promote health equalities for all European citizens. A total of 21 health organisations have supported the announcement in order to foster the relevant role that health equity should play in building a fairer European community. Read more on the EuroHealthNet website

AG 2014 SPINABIFIDA 9231 120025 January 2017 // Citizens with disabilities continue experiencing inequalities and barriers in enjoying their right to health both home and abroad. This was the key worrying finding of the research IF undertook in 2016 and presented today at the European Parliament: "Right to health: reality of persons with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus", and "Impact of cross-border healthcare on persons with disabilities and chronic conditions". Human rights of persons with disabilities and chronic conditions are routinely violated as they struggle to access appropriate and affordable disability-specific as well as general healthcare in their community. Lack of multidisciplinary care for people with complex disabilities, such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus, limited coverage of mobility devices and continence aids, as well as waiting times have been named as the most serious barriers experienced by surveyed Europeans. Only close to 29% of respondents were satisfied with the care they received.

sf maize strategy24 January 2017 // During the Smarter Futures Steering Group meeting in Amsterdam this week, the Africa Maize Fortification Strategy 2017-2026 was presented. The strategy has been developed by representatives of government and the grain milling sector of 14 African countries and their developmental partners during a meeting organised by Smarter Futures in Tanzania. Though maize is the primary cereal consumed in many countries in Africa, less than 30% of the industrially milled maize on the continent is fortified. The authors of the strategy have committed themselves to adopt and adapt the strategy to their country specific contexts to fully eradicate micronutrient malnutrition on the face of Africa. Read more on the Smarter Futures website.

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