Gaining knowledge and sharing it with all stakeholders is top priority for IF, which collate and disseminate the information through its knowledge network. IF uses the conferences and workshops as a platform for exchanging information, expertise and examples of good practices internationally. Meanwhile, it facilitates contact between associations from different parts of the world. IF also uses its own organisation and collaborates extensively with partner organisations to initiate projects, publications, and research. 

Networking at international level

The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus has vastly enlarged its international network.
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IF conferences

IF holds its International Conference once a year with a support of one of its members. The following conferences have gathered people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their families from all over the world to exchange knowledge and examples of good practices:

  • 2018 New Delhi
  • 2017 Austin (NTD conference organised by IF Global Experts Panel member Dr. Richard Finnell)
  • 2016 Ghent Turning Points
  • 2015 Solbiate Olona Equality
  • 2014 Buenos Aires GENErating Changes
  • 2013 Izmir Unite & Share
  • 2012 Stockholm Finding Our Way
  • 2011 Guatemala Opening Doors
  • 2010 Dublin What's the next step
  • 2009 Orlando Imagine the possibilities
  • 2008 Lisbon Drawing Smiles - Towards Adulthood
  • 2007 Kampala Tomorrow
  • 2006 Helsinki Access
  • 2005 Minneapolis Building Bridges to Advance Understanding
  • 2004 Oslo Crossing Borders
  • 2003 Lublin You are my World
  • 2001 Dar es Salaam Against All Odds
  • 2000 Toulouse The Right To Be Different
  • 1999 Perth A Future with Purpose - A Future with Choice
  • 1998 Washington Celebrate the Past, Envision the Future
  • 1997 Bonn Its about me
  • 1995 Sydney Fast Forward into the Future
  • 1993 Deinze Wait a a Minute
  • 1997 Stockholm Together is Strength
  • 1989 Antwerp Live your Life
  • 1987 Denver Climb every mountain 
  • 1985 Manchester Making our Way
  • 1983 Malaga Incontinence
  • 1981 Dublin independent Living
  • 1979 Stockholm The Family Situation

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