Aifo & the World Health Organisation

AIFO is in official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and participates in the World Health Assembly in Geneva. In WHO, AIFO has especially close relations with Disability and Rehabilitation team (DAR), with which it collaborates through Joint Plans of Action.

In the image on the left you can see, Maria Alarcos Cieza from WHO/DAR with AIFO representatives – Antonio Lissoni (President of Aifo), Francesca Ortali (Head of International Project Office) and Dr Sunil Deepak, (collaborator) at the DAR office in Geneva in August 2016 to discuss the new Joint Plan of Action.

Some of the recent significant activities carried out by AIFO in collaboration with WHO/DAR included the following:

– Quality of life of elderly persons – With technical support of WHO, AIFO togehter with Municiple Government of Ponte San Niccolo (PD) in Italy and in collaboration with University of Padova, is involved in a action research on the quality of life of elderly persons, including their need for technical appliances. This project initiated in 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2018.

– Collaboration for organisation of international CBR congresses in Bangkok (2009), Abuja (2010), Manila (2011) and Agra (2012). In Bangkok, AIFO organized three pre and post congress workshops on (1) Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) and mental health, (2) CBR and United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and (3) CBR and Leprosy. In Manila, AIFO organized a pre-congress workshop on CBR and emancipatory research. Finally in Agra (India) in November 2012, AIFO in collaboration with WHO/DAR and other international partners, coordinated the organisation of two workshops – (1) CBR and persons with intellectual disabilities; and (2) Going beyond the taboos in CBR – (a) sexuality and reproductive rights, and (b)violence and abuse towards persons with disabilities.

– Collaboration for preparation of CBR Guidelines published in 2010. Ongoing collaboration for preparation of “Training of Trainers – online training package” and for “Monitoring and evaluation of CBR”.

– Collaboration for preparation and diffusion of first World Disability Report published in 2011.

– Conducting significant research initiatives such as the S-PARK/CBR initiative on impact of CBR and the research on violence towards persons with disabilities..

– During 2013-14, AIFO also collaborated with WHO/DAR for the development of monitoring and evaluation manual for CBR and for the development of Training of Trainers package for CBR.

More information about the work of WHO/DAR is available from their webpage (opens in a new window).

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.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

AIFO is in official relation with World Health Organisation (WHO). In WHO, AIFO works closely with Disability and Rehabilitation (DAR) team and with Global Leprosy Programme. Read more about AIFO’s work in collaboration 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.