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. The 23d Congress was in Beijing, China, in 2001, the 24th International Congress in Cancun, Mexico, in August 2004, the 25th Congress will be in Athens, Greece, in August 2007, and the 26th Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August 2010. 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.

Past International Pediatric Congresses:

  • 2013 Melbourne
  • 2010 Johannesburg
  • 2007 Athens
  • 2004 Cancun
  • 2001 Beijing
  • 1998 Amsterdam
  • 1995 Cairo
  • 1992 Rio de Janeiro
  • 1989 Paris
  • 1986 Honolulu
  • 1983 Manila
  • 1980 Barcelona
  • 1977 Delhi
  • 1974 Buenos Aires