IPWSO's work around the world continued to expand throughout 2011, with hundreds of emails, requests for information and for help, particularly from countries where no help is available. This meant that IPWSO's offer of free diagnoses was taken up by countries such as Algeria, Cyprus, Hungary, India, Iran, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, and Paraguay. It is one of the best services IPWSO can offer - and we follow this through with information and support. We also try to encourage new countries to become associate members and appoint a professional and parent adviser. Thus, in 2011, our membership reached 97 countries.
With this expansion, we appointed two new board members: Anil Choubey from India and Jose Garcia from Chile. Having such a widespread board means we can reach further into countries where help is needed - plus, it gives the board about 8 different languages!
Every cloud has a silver lining - so they say... well, IPWSO's biggest cloud was the decrease in financial support from major sponsor, Pfizer. We knew it was going to happen "one day", but finding global funders is extremely difficult - more so in this economic climate. It was suggested that we do our own fundraising, "Light a Candle for IPWSO" and, to our great delight and endless gratitude, we have received fantastic support - you can see for yourselves just who has been 'lighting our candles' for us - this was our silver lining!
|Suzanne Cassidy, President IPWSO|
|Giorgio & Janalee at an ESPE booth|