“Being a Person”: Congress in Milan

Disability in the World: Rights, Inclusion and Rehabilitation

5th and 6th of April 2019

Milano, Centro Congressi Fondazione Cariplo, Via Romagnosi 8

The congress has been organised by AIFO in collaboration with Don Gnocchi Foundation and Ovci.

The issues discussed will be in-depth studies of the new languages and goals, which arise from the international scenario, with reference to the “Guidelines for the introduction of the disability issue within the policies and activities of the Italian Cooperation” and the OMS programme “Rehabilitation 2030”.

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Alarcos Cieza, Carla Colicelli, Giampiero Griffo, J.E. Bickenbach, Johannes Trimmel, Mina Lomuscio, Mons. Zuppi, Sunil Deepak, Victoria Lee


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4th Asia-Pacific Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Congress 2019

Asia-Pacific CBID Congress LOGOThe 4th Asia-Pacific Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Congress 2019 will be held on 2nd-3rd July 2019 in Shangri-La hotel, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Congress will be the regional platform to exchange lessons learned and good practices on the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities in order to break the cycle of poverty towards sustainable social development and economic growth through CBID. It is also meant to strengthen collaboration among representatives from governments, leaders with disabilities, Disabled Peoples’ Organizations (DPOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), International NonGovernment Organizations (INGOs), youth groups and service providers from Asia-Pacific countries.

More info at: http://www.apcbid2019.mn/index.html


World Leprosy Day

On the last Sunday of January, every year, Aifo and its groups in Italy together with its international partners, celebrate the World Leprosy Day (WLD). WLD was estbalished by Raoul Follereau in 1954. Aifo activities related to the WLD already start in December, linked with the World Disability Day on 3 December, and continue till February.

Last WLD was celebrated on Sunday 28January 2018.

Preparatory activities of WLD included a private audience of the Aifo groups and representatives with the Holy Pope in Vatican city, held on 6 December 2017.

A key activity for the WLD is the sale of “honey of solidarity” by the AIFO volunteers in around one hundred city squares by Aifo volunteers to raise the funds for Aifo’s activities. This is also an opportunity to raise awareness among the general public about the different themes of Aifo’s work inspired by the ideals of Raoul Follereau such as human dignity, equality of people, access to human rights and universal brotherhood.

Different groups of AIFO all over Italy organise other local activities in their own cities for fund-raising and awareness building, such as cultural programmes, meetings in schools and exhibitions.

Links & Alliances of Aifo

This page presents the key alliances and partnerships of AIFO. In 2017, AIFO completed fifty-six years. In these years, AIFO has played a key role in setting up of some important international networks and federations. Apart from the networks mentioned below, AIFO also collaborates with other UN organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and with different universities.

AIFO is a Non-State Actor in official relation with WHO. 

International Federation of Anti-leprosy Associations (ILEP)

AIFO is a founder member of ILEP that coordinates world wide work related to fight against leprosy. More informaiton about ILEP is available from its webpage.

International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)

AIFO is a founder member of IDDC, that brings together all the major world organisations involved in work related to disability and development. More information is available from the IDDC website.

RIDS – Italian Network on Disability & Development

RIDS, the Italian Network on Disability and Development was started in 2011. It involves four organizations, 2 non-governmental organizations (AIFO and Educaid) and 2 organizations of people with disabilities (FISH and DPI Italy).


Disabled Peoples International

AIFO has a long history of collaboration with Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) that brings together national organisations of persons with disabilites (DPOs). Among the different DPI organisations, AIFO has a Framework agreement of collaboration with DPI Italy and with DPI of Asia Pacific region. You can read more about DPI from their website.

IDEA – International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement

IDEA brings together the organisations of persons affected with leprosy from different parts of the world.

Amici Trust India

Amici Trust is the partner and international member of Aifo in India. Its office is based in Bangalore.

BRASA Brazil

BRASA is the partner and international member of Aifo in Brazil. Its office is based in Sao Paulo.

Contact Aifo

In Italy, AIFO is a grassroots organisation with groups spread all over Italy. AIFO groups are sub-divided into regional coordinations. Some of the AIFO groups are volunteer associations registered locally. These groups have around one thousand registered members, who send representatives to AIFO General assembly. You can find more information about AIFO groups and regional coordinations in the Italian version of the AIFO website (opens in a new window).

AIFO has a YouTube channel and a Facebook page.

AIFO also has partner organisations in some countries such as Brazil, India and Mongolia. These partner organisations also have delegates to AIFO general assembly and are the international members of AIFO.

The head-office of AIFO is based in Bologna, in the northern part of Italy. The international activities of AIFO in the world are carried out through this head-office.

AIFO Head-Office

AIFO, Via Borselli 4-6, 40135 Bologna, Italy

Telephone: (+39) 051-4393.211 – Fax: (+39) 051-434046

Email: info@aifo.it