IF advocates for the rights of people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus worldwideCurrently IF has 2 part-time vacancies at its office in Brussels. We are looking for an experienced and responsible Communications Officer and a flexible PA/Administrator with excellent organisational skills. A high level of initiative and a proven ability to work independently and without supervision are a prerequisite. To strengthen our team, we have a preference for persons with an understanding of the non-profit sector, and awareness of disability, equality and diversity issues. The working language at IF is English. Start of employment is as soon as possible. Deadline for applications is 1 March, 2013.

Rare Disease Day 2013February 28, 2013 marks the sixth international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS and organised with rare disease national alliances in 24 European countries. On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from more than 60 countries and regions worldwide are planning awareness-raising activities converging around the slogan “Rare Disorders without Borders”. Activities will take place across Europe, all the way to Russia, continuing to China and Japan, in the US and Canada, and as far as Australia and New Zealand!

M.G. Venkatesh Mannar, O.C., President of the Micronutrient Initiative (MI)On the occasion of his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the Indo-Canadian Ottawa Business Chamber (ICOBC) has honoured M.G. Venkatesh Mannar, O.C., President of the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) at a dinner at Canada´s National Arts Centre. As part of Canada´s International Development Week, the ICOBC has recognized the important contribution Mannar has made to saving and improving lives around the world through his leadership of the Ottawa-based international development organization. Venkatesh Mannar is also a member of the Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI) Executive Management Team, in which IF is represented by its Secretary-General Lieven Bauwens. 

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