Primary prevention in the Norwegian press

The Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen published two articles about the prevention of Spina Bifida in 2010. These articles emphasized on the need for better information campaigns about the use of folic acid. “We want prevention of the diagnosis, not abortion of individuals with the condition. We therefore request a more active campaign for the use of folic acid”, says Guro Fjellanger. She is the former Minister of Environment and has Spina Bifida herself. Eli Skattebu, the general manager of the Spina Bifida association in Norway stresses in the article that it’s possible to prevent many things by early intake of a dietary supplement.
Click here for the English translation of Spina Bifida can be prevented and Possible to avoid late abortion by taking folate.
"The authorities have launched information campaigns, but we still see that too few take folate for long enough and in the correct dose", says Guro Fjellanger.


Lucy's baby received treatment at CURE Uganda

IF president Pierre Mertens visited CURE Children’s Hospital in Mbale, Uganda for their 10th anniversary celebrations.
Pierre met the mother and child whose story ran in The Daily Monitor newspaper. Lucy is a 17-year-old mother with a baby suffering from Hydrocephalus who was born on March 15, 2010. In spite of Lucy's desperate search for help, her baby boy received no treatment. Thanks to individual donations and the intervention of Rebecca from IF Child Help Uganda, they came to CURE and the baby was operated on. A follow-up article about CURE and its work to treat Hydrocephalus was published after the celebrations.
CURE Children’s Hospital in Uganda celebrated its 10th anniversary


Mandatory folic acid fortification has improved folate levels in Australians

The introduction of mandatory fortification with folic acid of wheat flour used in breadmaking has significantly lowered the prevalence of folate deficiency in Australians, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia. The researchers found a 77 percent reduction in low serum folate levels after analysing more than 20,000 blood samples collected from a varied group of hospital patients between April 2007 and April 2010. The 77 percent drop occurred between April 2009 and April 2010. They said this drop included women of childbearing age which was one of the key population sub-groups targeted by the programme due to folic acid’s ability to reduce neural tube defects in newborns.
Since 2009, Australian millers have been required to add folic acid to wheat flour used for breadmaking.


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