At the ICBD: Folate supplementation and food fortification can reduce NTDs

September 30, 2015   World

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus | Source

SAM 0161Brussels, The 7th  International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (ICBD) themed "Birth Defects in the Post-MDG Era: Joining Hands for Prevention and Care” took place in in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania. The aim of the conference was to provide specific, practical tools and approaches that developing countries can use to strengthen surveillance and health care delivery and influence policy and funding.

“The ICBD is a great opportunity for advocates, carers and policy makers to meet and discuss opportunities within the fields of registration and prevention of birth defects. Through the ICBD, focused on Africa and the #GlobalGoals, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus puts the attention on food fortification and prevention through our Smarter Futures programme,and on care through our partnerships in 6 East-African countries”, says Lieven Bauwens,IF Secretary General.

Globally an estimated 38,417 birth defects were prevented in 2012 – an average of 105 a day – where flour was fortified with folic acid. More information,here