Joint statement on mental health final pdf with endorsements13 February 2017 // The mental health of persons with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and their family members is an IF priority area in 2017. Misdiagnosis, cognitive issues, lack of self-esteem, lack of proper care and support, frequent hospitalisation, chronic pain, stigma and discrimination are factors that can have a negative impact on people's mental health. IF, together with 16 other organisations, endorsed the Joint Statement on Mental Health, which was originally prepared by Mental Health Europe and EUFAMI. Mental health is as essential as physical health to well-being, and the partners to this joint statement call for action to improve mental health and well-being as well as mental health systems in partnership with service users, families and carers.

 MG 3457 sm1 February 2017 // As February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, we are adding our support by providing advice and information on reducing the risk of infections that we know increase the risk of babies developing hydrocephalus, and also premature birth, subsequently increasing the risk of hydrocephalus as a result of Intraventricular Haemorrhage (IVH).

logo access campaign 2017 web1 February 2017 // In the framework of their campaign to promote Universal Health Coverage, the European Patients Forum advocates for the removal of financial barriers to healthcare, improvement of access, and reduction of waiting times for European patients. This initiative does not only support access to medicines and treatment, but also aims to overcome structural barriers to the healthcare system and encourage cooperation between EU countries to achieve the proposed goals.

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