Aifo: General Information

AIFO is a network organisation of grassroots groups/organisations with about 40 groups of volunteers spread all over Italy. AIFO, inspired by the ideas and work of the French journalist Raoul Follereau (1903-1977), started in 1961. AIFO is involved in international cooperation projects in health and development, focusing especially on leprosy, disabilities, and diseases and conditions linked with poverty.

Some of local AIFO groups are NGOs officially recognised by their local administrative bodies. The different AIFO groups are organised in regional level coordinations. Delegates from AIFO groups and coordination offices together constitute AIFO’s General Assembly.

Representative Delegates from AIFO’s Partner Associations in India and Brazil are also represented in AIFO’s General Assembly.

AIFO’s head-office is in Bologna in northern part of Italy. AIFO’s activities can be divided into two main groups – activities in the developing countries and activities in Italy. Activities in developing countries are mainly related to leprosy, primary health care and community based rehabilitation. Activities in Italy are related mainly to development education.

Aifo’s Board of Directors

Aifo has a Board of Directors, elected in June 2017 for 3 years (till 2020) by the General Assembly, which is constituted by delegates and regional coordinators of the different AIFO groups. The Board has the following 7 members: Mr Antonio Lissoni (President), Dr Antonio Giovanni Farris (Vice-President), Mr Domenico La Torre, Dr Anna Maria Pisano, Mr Francesco Platini, Mr. Libero Ponticelli, Mr. Generoso Scicchitano.

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