30 March 2017 // After the 2030 Agenda was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, many topics need to be addressed to fulfil the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Discussions take place in Ottawa and Brussels today and tomorrow to move the agenda forward. The European Union (EU) has been preparing indicators to measure the achievement of the SDGs at European level.
28 March 2017 // IF volunteer from the first hour, Dr. Carla Verpoorten, has been honoured for her dedication to the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus community with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) of America. The award was presented to her during SBA's 3rd World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care by Dr. Ana Jiménez from Costa Rica. Dr. Carla Verpoorten is a retired neuro-paediatrician who started coordinated care for Spina Bifida at the university hospital of Leuven (Belgium) where she worked for over 30 years. She advised the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) in its efforts to develop lifelong care for its target group in countries of the Global South.
22 March 2017 // To improve the medical care of children worldwide, an open-access online educational platform has been designed by experienced physicians at Boston Children's Hospital, called OPENPediatrics. The platform offers virtual training, tools for sharing knowledge and communicating with other health professionals, and a library of resources including videos, lectures, device simulators, and protocols. World-class medical expertise is now available to all paediatric health professionals, anywhere, at any time. OPENPediatrics is currently being used in 2,470 hospitals and 145 countries worldwide. By joining the platform, paediatric clinicians around the world can connect with each other, learn from each other and cooperate.