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Everybody who participated in the Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion conference in Durban in April 2006 was automatically offered a one year membership for the International Society for Violence and Injury Prevention (ISVIP), the newly established organisation for strengthening injury prevention and safety promotion in the world.
With the patronage of the World Health Organization (WHO), ISVIP is dedicated to establishing global commitment to violence and injury prevention through advocacy and public policy action, and consequently by enhanced research, education and prevention efforts.
The goals of ISVIP are to:
Preliminary by-laws, including voting procedures, were prepared by a group of volunteers from the first General Meeting in the Vienna Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion 2004. By-laws were discussed and adopted by the General Assembly in Durban, with minor changes. The actual by-laws are published in full on the website http://isvip.org/By-Laws.html. During the Durban General Assembly, a board of directors was appointed, keeping the seven directors from the interim steering committee and voting eight new members among the candidates previously proposed. The executive committee, other members of the board, the new election committee and the auditors are presented on the website http://isvip.org/aboutus.htm.
After the first two board meetings in Durban, owing to long distances and limited resources another three meetings have been held through conference calls – one meeting per month, even if the aim is to normalize to one every 3 months. In between, the members of the executive board (co-chairs, secretary and treasurer) have met to execute the decisions and prepare new meetings
It has been decided to send a message to all participants in the Durban Conference asking them if they wish to remain on our files in the future. About 300 have responded positively. Owing to technical problems our files and lists of members are still incomplete. For this reason, if you have information on anyone who may be interested in joining the society please email the secretary Dr Yousif Rahim (firstname.lastname@example.org) and inform him. The first year of subscription is free of charge to new members who participated in the Durban Conference.
We have recently completed a policy document on ISVIP's involvement in organizing conferences around the world, as we know there is a great need to cover more areas than the biannual World Conference can do.
Furthermore, we have successfully reached an agreement with the World Conference organizer in Mexico 2008 on incorporating one year's membership fee for ISVIP in the participation fee. We are about to finish another cooperation with a safety promotion conference in 2007, and there are many more to come. Moreover, we are drafting a policy document on safety policies in close cooperation with the WHO. Another policy document on the need of regionalization in ISVIP is also about to start. Furthermore, we need a basic document on involvement in education on violence and injury prevention.
As we started with no money, our treasurer Dr Francesco Zambon (email@example.com) is eager to find future possible sponsors and other suggestions to improve finances. Successful agreements have now been reached for delivering some projects resulting in a good sum of starting money. The recruitment of new members will begin at the same time as we will remind the present members about the fee for the second year, at the beginning of 2007. Agreements with other conference organizers have been drafted as well, and we will hopefully gain mutual benefit from these initiatives.
Relatively frequent contacts have been taken with the group working for the same cause at the WHO, with the staff in Geneva, the group of collaborating centres and with its organising committee for the World Conferences. Professor Maria Isabel Gutierrez is now ISVIP's official representative in the planning of the Mexican Conference, co-presiding on the Scientific Program Committee. Any suggestions on the program can be given to her (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We have closely followed the two initiatives taken by the WHO on the two programs “Teach VIP” and “The Mentoring Program”. After discussion we have now an open invitation to work together – if you are interested, please contact us.
ISVIP, November 2006. http://isvip.org