World Folic Acid Awareness Week Webinar: Let’s Thrive Impact!


What is the World Folic Acid Awareness Week (WFAAW)?

Every January, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) works with its member organisations, partners, and supporters, to promote the World Folic Acid Awareness Week (WFAAW) as part of the IF Global Prevention Initiative (IFGPI). The aims of the IFGPI are to raise awareness about preventable Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) such as Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus through folic acid supplements, staple foods fortified with folic acid, or foods rich in folate, the natural form of folic acid.

This year the WFAAW week will be campaigned from January 1st – 7th, 2024.

For the WFAAW, IF has developed a social media toolkit, key messages, and will organize a global webinar. To help us spread the word about WFAAW 2024, use (#WFAAW24) in your advocacy posts.

Join in IF’s global webinar on the topic Let’s Thrive Impact! to help us spread the word about WFAAW.

The WHA76.19 resolution “Accelerating efforts for preventing micronutrient deficiencies and their consequences, including spina bifida and other neural tube defects, through safe and effective food fortification” (accepted on May 29, 2023) urges member states to make decisions on food fortification with micronutrients and/or supplementation. By fortifying the most appropriate food sources, such as a staple food, millions of birth defects can be prevented in an extremely cost-effective way. During the webinar the importance of implementing the WHA76.19 resolution on food fortification will be discussed and strategies on food fortification shared.

To maintain the momentum in 2024, IF intends to seize the opportunity to transform how the world addresses the challenges of malnutrition and the prevention of neural tube defects. As a result, we would like to extend an invitation to you to take part in the webinar on January 5. During the webinar

IF welcomes speakers from around the world, who are all champions for food fortification and will offer their perspectives, and expert advice for a healthier, stronger, and smarter future for all.

Looking forward to your esteemed presence.

Title: Let’s Thrive Impact!
Date: Friday, January 5, 2023
Time: 9 AM EST (New York) | 3 PM CET (Brussels) | 10:00 PM MYT (Malaysia)
Duration: 1.5 hours

Kindly find attached materials related to the Let’s Thrive Impact! webinar (#WFAAW24)
· World Folic Acid Awareness Week Social Media Toolkit
· Webinar Banner
· Webinar Poster

Register by clicking on this link!

With you, we anticipate an exciting start to the New Year. Wishing You a very Happy New Year to come!

For questions contact the IF team at [email protected]