Every child will be accorded the right to the highest attainable standard of health, and the opportunity to grow, develop, and fulfill to his or her human potential.
Pediatricians, working with other partners, will be leaders in promoting physical, mental, and social health for all children, and in realizing the highest standards of health for newborns, children, and adolescents in all countries of the world.
Excellence of knowledge and expertise in child health: Pediatricians will be leaders in defining and creating a sound body of scientific and practical knowledge concerning child health.
Evidence based action: Pediatricians will incorporate best practices validated by evidenced based studies into all their professional activities.
Prevention as well as treatment: Pediatricians will emphasize prevention of disease and ill health, as well as care for illness which has not been prevented.
Service: Pediatricians will deliver the best possible preventative and curative services for children, and will strive for the necessary facilities to provide these services.
Education: Pediatricians will design and implement education and training programs for pediatricians and other child health personnel, basing these programs on the needs of their populations and the best evidence based information.
Partnership: Pediatricians will seek out and work with other partners in maternal and child health, including their government ministries of health, United Nations agencies at country and global levels, and donors.
Advocacy: Pediatricians will promote health for all children from birth through adolescence, and will advocate for the right of every newborn, child, and adolescent to health and well being.
Collegiality: Pediatricians will be global citizens, collaborating locally and internationally with their colleagues in pediatrics and child health.
The International Pediatric Association (IPA) was formed in Paris in 1910 by a group of European pediatricians who assembled for the First International Congress of Pediatrics in 1912. Over the years, the IPA has evolved into a non-governmental organization with a membership of 144 National Pediatric Societies from 139 countries, 10 Regional Pediatric Societies representing all areas of the world, and 13 International Pediatric Specialty Societies including the International Pediatric Chairs Association and the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons. The IPA, currently a volunteer-staffed organization, is incorporated in Switzerland and is governed by a Council of Delegates comprised of one representative from each Member Society, an elected Standing Committee, an Executive Committee of the Standing Committee, and its Officers.
The original purpose of the IPA was to foster relationships among the pediatricians of the world, thus promoting education and sharing of information about child health. With the exception of periods of the two World Wars of the 20th Century, the IPA has held International Congresses of Pediatrics every three years.
Over the years, the IPA has conducted workshops and seminars addressing key child health issues, often in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF. The IPA is now working to mobilize its extensive network of pediatricians for advocacy and programs in child health, working whenever possible with UN agencies and with other global organizations.
Key programs and interest areas include Better Medicines for Children, Child Health in Sub-Saharan Africa, Childhood Tuberculosis, Children's Environmental Health, Child Health in Humanitarian Emergency, Universal Immunization, Newborn Survival and Health, Child Survival and Health, Nutrition, Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS, and Quality of Care in Hospitals and Facilities. The IPA currently is a member of the GAVI Executive Committee, the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for Obesity and Chronic Disease, and the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. We are pleased to provide consultation and assistance in all areas of child health in all countries.
In 2002, at the time of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children, the IPA drafted the New York Call to Action from Pediatricians of the World, in conjunction with UNICEF and WHO. This document signaled concern with global child health, noted the urgency of working towards the Millennium Development Goals, and emphasized the importance of country level action and collaborations between global partners in child health. In 2006, affirming these principles and expressing further concern for enhanced attention to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the IPA has issued a Millennium Call to Action for Pediatricians of the World which speaks to the urgency of attaining the Millennium Development Goals and to addressing the broader issues of achieving a reasonable level of health for children of the world. The IPA Millennium Call to Action emphasizes that Pediatricians can contribute to achievement of all eight of the Millennium Development Goals, as all have components important to the health of children and families.