This weekend, EDF members from all over Europe have gathered together in Madrid, Spain, for EDF’s Annual General Assembly (AGA). On the first day of the meeting, the elections of EDF Board of Directors took place. Here are the names of the EDF Board members:
From 10th to14th july will take place the 3rd Edition of the Beats of Cochlea, in Warsaw (Poland) the International Music Festival for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Hearing Loss, where the participants are users of hearing implants. EURO-CIU, once again, is an associated organization.
From the EURO-CIU we want to encourage all cochlear implant users, adults and children, who have music as passion and play any Instrument or sing, to send a video acting and to register before the 8th of may on the festival website : http://festiwal.ifps.org.pl/en/
All the selected candidates will have the opportunity to participate at the master workshop taught by professional musicians who will share their experience with participants. The workshops will end with a solemn gala concert during which participants will present to the public the musical pieces played at the master workshops.
¡Come on and participate! Don’t miss the opportunity to share your passion for music with implant users of all ages and cultures!
The elections took place within the Annual General Meeting EURO-CIU held on Saturday April 22, 2017 in Helsinki (Finland). The new Committee is comprised of: (Pictured from left to right)
- Brian Archbold (UK) Adviser Newsletter.
- Ervin Bonecz (Hungary) 2nd Vice President.
- Beatrice Cusmai (Italy) Secretary.
- Sari Hirvonen-Skarbö (Finland) 1st Vice President.
- Mª Teresa Amat (Spain) President.
- Leo de Raeve (Belgium) Adviser Scientific.
- Fernando Giménez (Spain) Adviser Website.
- Henri-François Baiverlin (Belgium) Treasurer. (Absent in the photo)
EURO-CIU Symposium brings together over 200 Cochlear Implant (CI) users and professionals around Finland and Europe. Spouse of the President of Finland, Mrs Jenni Haukio, will act as patroness and the opening ceremony in the Thursday morning will be opened by Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila.
The programme consists of expert lectures and workshops. International lecturers arrive from around Europe and Australia. All together over 40 presentations in three different rooms. See the programme here: http://www.euro-ciu2017.fi/en/program/
Arrival info here: http://www.euro-ciu2017.fi/en/accommodation/
Please note: Parking by The Light House is free, however parking places are limited. We recommend public transportation. There may be some parking lots on the streets nearby.
When you arrive to The Light House, please register at the information desk. You will receive your name tag with the lunch tickets (in the plastic badge) for those days you have registered. Due to limited amount of seats and to ease the dining room rush, we wish to make two waves at the lunch hour and ask you kindly to move back down to the lobby, when you have finished eating. Coffees are served down at the lobby.
Our happening will be interpreted (simultaneous interpretation only in auditorium, text interpretation in every room). If you ask any questions, use the microphone, please.
Registration opens both days at 8:00. The programme begins on Thursday at 9:30 and on Friday at 9:00.
More info here: http://www.euro-ciu2017.fi/en/
Warmly welcome to Helsinki! The office of LapCI ry will be closed due to Easter from 14th until 17th April 2017.
Executive Director, LapCI ry
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse) (Lab)
I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the question of the funding and assessment of cochlear implantation, and I do so as chair of the all-party group on deafness. I am pleased to see the Health Minister in his place; I know he has this issue on his radar.
The starting point is a petition calling for a review of the tests for implants approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. I have been contacted by my right hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden) and my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion) on behalf of their constituents Lamina Lloyd and Diane Matthews respectively.
Both constituents fall foul of the Bamford-Kowal-Bench test—the BKB test. It is this aspect that concerns them and their MPs, and they want it reviewed and changed. I will come back to that later, as well as to the case of Robert Gee, a constituent of the hon. Member for Daventry (Chris Heaton-Harris), who I am pleased to see in his place on the Treasury Bench. I want to register my appreciation for Action on Hearing Loss, the Action Group for Adult Cochlear Implantation, Professor Chris Raine and the Ear Foundation for their assistance with briefings for this debate.
I shall start with papers sent to me by the Ear Foundation. Sue Archbold writes:
“I was at the World Health Organisation in Geneva for the meeting on World Hearing Day, 3rd March...with WHO for the first time confirming that cochlear implants and hearing aids are cost-effective and should be made more widely available globally”.