Smarter Futures logo10 November 2016 // Smarter Futures just published a new language version of its FORTIMAS tool- in Portuguese. Globally 86 countries have legislation to mandate fortification of at least one industrially milled cereal grain. However, many countries have struggled with how to assess the impact of this public health intervention over time. Some countries have included a micronutrient module when conducting Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). However, the DHS and similar large surveys are quite expensive, usually require donor funding, and are only done at five to 10 year intervals. This approach does not allow for more frequent findings on the quality, population coverage and early evidence of the impact of a flour fortification program before investing in an “evaluation study”.

EU accessibility9 November 2016 // The Conference on the proposal for a European Accessibility Act (EAA) organised by the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the Disability Intergroup took place in Brussels on November 8 at the European Parliament and brought together a wide range of stakeholders from civil society, decision-makers, researchers and representatives of the industry. The conference focused on accessibility of ICT products and services as well as on accessibility of transport and built environment.

This second part is especially relevant for persons with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus as it focuses on accessibility of services such as bus, train, metro and the accessibility of ticketing machines.

IDA HLPF SDGs9 November 2016 // The International Disability Alliance (IDA) invites you to join and contribute to the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities.

The rights and participation of persons with disabilities are crucial elements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were agreed at the United Nations in 2015, and global progress towards achieving them is reviewed each year at a meeting of governments in New York - the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, or 'HLPF'. The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities is the official group that has the right to input on behalf of persons with disabilities at the HLPF. To ensure that the experiences, expertise and perspectives of persons with disabilities are heard and taken into account by governments at the 2017 HLPF, it is necessary to start preliminary thinking and preparations now. Sign up and provide information about yourself and your organisation, and indicate which of the Working Groups you would like to participate in. IDA looks forward to hearing from you. Make sure that your voice is heard!

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