Multidisciplinary care in Cape Town

Lieven Bauwens, Secretary General of IF, visited the Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The hospital, connected to the University of Cape Town, is an important center for the treatment and rehabilitation of children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Africa. It neurosurgical department is key in the training of African neurosurgeons. The hospital approaches the disability from a multidisciplinary angle and will contribute considerably to IF’s next year’s workshop on the same topic in Uganda.
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The Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa


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'


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