1. EVENTS FROM 1945 TO 1950
After the Second World War from 1945, many communities in Europe and other parts of the World are rebuilding their economies and professionalbodies. This was the same for the formation of the InternationalAssociation of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP), when many healthcareprofessionals are trying to find ways of improving their professionalstandings and networking opportunities.
As was the case above, the origins of the International Association ofHealth Care Professionals (IAHCP) date back to 1945 when, throughout Europe and other parts of the World, medical societies began to be founded with the object of bringing together physicians and surgeons in order to further scientific, professional and social communication. Most of the Colleges, Societies and Associations in the World are formed for single disciplines for example, Physicians, Surgeons, Nurses, andTherapists. However, there is no one association for multiprofesional Health Care Professionals and the need for such association wasechoed by various multidisciplinary health care workers Worldwide during various meetings and conferences from 1945 to 1950.
2. FROM 1950 TO 1956
From 1950 to 1954, various discussions, correspondences and official letters were exchanged amongst healthcare professionals across various continents, Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand for the formation a common association, which will cater for the needs of allhealthcare professionals and the communities they serve worldwide.
In 1955, a group of healthcare professionals led by Dr Stefan Borg ofSweden began some consultations with colleagues across America andAustralia for the formation of a multidisciplinary association ofhealthcare professionals where healthcare workers will interact with themain aim of promoting patient care and education worldwide.
3. FROM 1956 TO 1957
In 1956 a working party led by Dr Borg was initiated, who met in June and October 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden to discuss the aims and objectives of the new Association. The group’s recommendations were circulated among the interested professionals worldwide and it was agreed that the first annual meeting of the Association will be held inMay 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden.
During the meeting of May 1957, Dr Francis Butler of the USA waselected the first General President of the Association (from 1957 to
1965) and 11 Council Members were also elected.
The first Council Members from 1957 have included Dr Jan Holm(Sweden), Dr Maria Jose Ronaldo (Portugal), Dr Joseph Martin (USA), Dr Andrea Forget (France), Mr Paulo Lopez (Spain), Dr Phillip Stevens (Australia), Dr Paul Murray (New Zealand), Dr Anthony Phelps(USA), Dr Jan Larson (Denmark), Dr Martin Magnusson (Iceland) and DrJames Bell (Canada).
Other founding Members of the IAHCP included Dr Martin Peters(Australia), one of the first two of Honorary Secretaries, Dr HaroldJamieson (Canada), the first Treasurer, and Dr Allan Day (New Zealand), second Treasurer and the first IAHCP International Ambassador.
4. FROM 1957 TO DATE
From 1957 to date the IAHCP has expanded and developed its operations in many countries with over 450, 000 individual, and 250,000 corporate members worldwide as at February 2017. The AHCP continuesto expand its regional offices internationally.
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