Based on the outcome of a prospective study Dr Benjamin Warf carried out to compare the 1-year outcomes of the Chhabra shunts and the Codman-Hakim Micro Precision shunt systems, IF has developed a policy in close cooperation with its partner Child-Help, to support the use of the Chhabra Hydrocephalus Shunt System, manufactured by Surgiwear®, which has been found both qualitative and affordable. Projects and institutions in developing countries that offer service to children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and have difficulties in getting access to qualitative and affordable shunts, can apply to get a donation of shunts from IF/Child-Help.

Conditions to apply for shunts:

  • There is a contact person for the project and an e-mail address for communication;

  • There is a surgeon with experience in shunt placements;

  • There is a clear agreement that parents do not pay for these shunt and preference should be given to those children whose parents cannot afford to pay for a shunt. This means that hospitals or projects cannot make any financial benefit from selling the shunt. The applicant will be asked to sign a statement underwriting these conditions;

  • IF receives a report on the use of the first shunts (this reporting form will be send on approval of donation);

How to apply:

Projects and institutions in developing countries that are interested in a donation of shunts from IF/Child-Help, can complete the following downloadable Application Form. Please send the completed and signed form to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General information:

IF has produced a number of guidelines and protocols for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus treatment and care. For more information, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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