“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.