AIFO (Italian Association Amici di Raoul Follereau) is a Non-Governmental Organisation that promotes international health cooperation initiatives and works with communities in the most disadvantaged areas. Since more than 60 years, AIFO aims to spread and make concrete Raoul Follereau’s dream, ‘the Civilisation of Love’ with particular attention towards the persons affected by leprosy and disabilities: addressing health, social and economic problems and through inclusive and sustainable development projects, AIFO works in 11 countries in Africa, Asia and South America, in collaboration with local NGOs, religious congregations, grass-root organisations and governmental authorities.
In Italy, AIFO is based in Bologna and thanks to its 38 local groups of volunteers, it advocates for inclusion for everyone: no one excluded! The association promotes education for a better understanding of causes underlying worldwide poverty.
In all the countries where it works, AIFO is committed to the implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and it has adopted the Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) approach. AIFO is a founding member of ILEP (Federation of Anti-Leprosy Organisations), of IDDC (International Disability & Development Consortium) and is in official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).