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Chapter 5: Organizational structures suited to ISPRM’s evolving role as an international non-governmental organization in official relation with the world health organization

Per M. von Groote, Jan D. Reinhardt , Christoph Gutenbrunner, Joel A. DeLisa, John L. Melvin, Jerome E. Bickenbach, Gerold Stucki
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0414


International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official relation with the World Health Organization (WHO) face organizational challenges against the background of legitimate representation of their membership and accountable procedures within the organization. Moreover, challenges arise in the light of such an international NGO’s civil societal mandate to help reach the “health-for-all” goals as defined by WHO and to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The objective of this paper is to examine how such an international NGO using the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) as a case in point can address these challenges. The specific aims are to analyse ISPRM’s structures and procedures of internal organs and external relations and to develop solutions. These possible solutions will be presented as internal organizational scenarios and a yearly schedule of meetings closely aligned to that of WHO to facilitate an efficient internal and external interaction.

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