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International Humanitarian Aid Commission (IHAC)

Responsible for exploring and establishing a strategic plan for podiatric medical care to impoverished and medically underserved populations around the world. The committee was initially set up to provide assistance towards volunteering humanitarian projects to the Belgian Congo and the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. It is currently providing assistance for a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) project aimed at decreasing f lower limb amputation in people with diabetes in at least 10 primary health care centres in Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Responsible for exploring and establishing a strategic plan for providing  podiatric medical care to the impoverished and medically underserved throughout the world.

The IHAC was initially set up to provide assistance towards volunteering humanitarian projects to the Belgian Congo and to the Caribbean island of St Vincent.

It is currently assisting a PAHO project aimed at preventing the number of lower limb amputation in people with diabetes in at least 10 primary health care centres in Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

FIP-IFP Humanitarian Award

Every year the FIP-IFP award the FIP-IFP Humanitarian Award to an individual person involved within an FIP-IFP member or corporate partner who meets one or more of the criteria, is nominated by a peer or colleague and is selected by the FIP Executive Board.

The 2013 FIP-IFP International Humanitarian Award recipient is Patricia Nicholas DPM. Patricia was born in Haiti and immigrated to the USA in 1982 and pursued a career in podiatry. She currently practices in Riverhead, New York. Following the devastating earthquake in 2010 in Haiti she immediately flew down and assisted in any way she could. Eventually she founded the “Kindest Hearts Foundation”, a charity to better help the people of Haiti. More information can be found on the foundation’s website at www.kindhearts.org

List of  FIP-IFP International Humanitarian Award recipients

2009 Vicki Anton Athens (USA) (Guatemala)
2010 Margreet Van Putten (NL) (Bosnia)
2011 Kristen Larsen (DK) (Palestine)
2013 Dr. Patricia Nicholas (USA) (Haiti)
2014 Patrick Deheer (USA)