Africa gears up for flour fortification

With the support of the Dutch Government, through the Millennium Agreements, IF organized with its partners a successful workshop on the fortification of flour in Cape Town, South Africa on 26 November 2010. 73 participants from 21 different countries benchmarked progress in their respective countries and discussed strategies to overcome barriers. The dialogue between government institutions, civic society and the milling industry is novel in the African context. Flour fortification is the only proven strategy to reduce neural tube defects, as Spina Bifida, also in South Africa, as shown in this article.

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Workshop on the fortification of flour in Cape Town, South Africa on 26 November 2010.



EC launches study report on Disability in EC Development Cooperation

 ‘A society which is good for disabled people is a better society for all’. The recently finalized study of disability in EC development cooperation is premised on this immensely important fact, and also on the view that the degree to which persons with disabilities are included in programming is an indicator of sound development policy and practice. The global objective of the study is to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities in EC development cooperation in order to promote their rights and contribute to the reduction of poverty and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in line with the provisions of the UN Convention.
IF staff contributed by participating in the workshop on "Making EC Development Cooperation Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities" on 15th October 2010 in Brussels.

'A society which is good for disabled people is a better society for all'


Aimee Richardson is a self-advocate

Aimee Richardson was born 28 years ago and has Down syndrome. She is a self-advocate representing persons with Down syndrome and fighting against stereotypes about her condition. The IF President met her at EDF, the European Disability Forum, where she represented her target group. She intervened on the Belgian proposal for an European mobility card and pointed out the difference between mobility and access. Many persons can reach a place physically but have no access because they are hindered by others. For those who think persons with Down syndrome can not speak for themselves we would advise to listen to the interview she gave on the radio. Aimee is fighting with IF against prenatal selection and we hope to present the matter at the next EDF board meeting in Milan. Unfortunately like Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome is detected and eliminated during most pregnancies in Europe. 

Click here for the direct link to the pod-cast of Aimee's radio interview with John Murray. 

Aimee Richardson is 28 years and has Down syndrome 



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