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The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is the successor to the International Hospital Association, which was established in 1929 after the first International Hospital Congress in Atlantic City, USA. The Association ceased to function during the Second World War, but was revived-with a new title-in 1947 by some of the pre-war members, under the presidency of the late Dr René Sand of Belgium. It is constituted under the Civil Code of Switzerland. The Secretariat which since 1947 was based in London, moved in November 2002 to Ferney Voltaire, France (Greater Geneva Area); and in September 2011 to Bernex (Canton de Geneve), Switzerland.


Message From the President

I would like to extend my hearty welcome to the website of the International Hospital Federation (IHF), the global representative body for hospitals and healthcare organizations, with some 100 countries as full and associate members and corporate partners. IHF collaborates with  international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank Group and the International Association of Patients Organization, on various projects.

IHF as a knowledge hub, has a goal set to enhance competencies of healthcare professionals and leaders, as well as to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, expertise and information.

To this end, activities such as the formation of Special Interest Groups (SIG) have been introduced. These groups unite member organizations on common areas and activities of interest such as university hospitals and group purchasing/hospital procurement.


The Health System Knowledge Base is a new service brought to you by the International Hospital Federation. Click on the links below to research the Knowledge Base by Country/Region or by Topic.

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