The year 2016 is coming to an end and we are deeply grateful to all our members, partners, donors and other supporters for your continued contributions to our work and for helping IF to achieve its mission. Only if we push together, we can achieve turning points that will improve the quality of life for people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and their families and reduce the incidence of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus by primary prevention. We would like to look back with you on some of our achievements this year, and forward to our plans in 2017.
The Africa Network Event, which was held on 5 October 2016 in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, celebrated Africa's efforts in fortification of wheat and maize flour with with essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron and folic acid, to improve the population's health by combatting malnutrition.
By the end of 2014, 24 countries in Africa had mandatory legislation for wheat flour fortification to provide essential vitamins and minerals to their populations, while in another 3 countries millers did so voluntarily. Now, 2 years later, 27 countries have mandatory legislation for wheat flour fortification and millers in another 5 do so voluntarily. In addition to this increase we also see that 9 countries have mandatory legislation also for maize flour, while in 2 other countries millers do so voluntarily.
6 December 2016 // To renew and expand its IF Youth Group, IF is looking for active and engaged European young people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus (SBH), between 18-30 years of age. The objectives of the Youth Group are (1) to make young people with disabilities experienced self-advocates, and (2) to develop IF's work on issues that are important to youth with SBH.
In October 2016, the IF Board decided to partially renew and expand the Group. European IF members are invited to nominate one young person from their membership to the Youth Group. Nominating associations should commit to actively supporting their young people in their work at the Youth Group. Read more or download the call for nominations to learn more about the criteria and requirements.