A new partnership has commenced between the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) and the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA). The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both organisations came into effect on the 1st September 2022 and will last for five years and be reviewed every two years.
The objectives of the partnership outlined in the MOU are to support the physically active lifestyles in children and adolescents through leadership, knowledge translation and mobilization, capacity building, and advocacy. The flagship example of this work is the Para Report Cards, a series of national report cards that focuses on data on disability, in a similar process and in parallel to those in the Global Matrix 4.0. Both IFAPA and AHKGA will be present at the ISPAH congress 2022 where both Global Matrix 4.0 and Para Report Cards will be launched.
Other themes in the partnership include:
- Collaborative activities to support the launch of the Para Report Cards
- Joint IFAPA-AHKGA capacity building activities to promote research on promoting PA among children and adolescents with disabilities
- Dissemination activities, including awareness raising session at the ISAPA 2023, Dunedin, New Zealand
- Co-organisation of webinars related to physical activity in children and adolescents with disabilities for the members of IFAPA and AHKGA members
AHKGA is a registered not-for-profit organization made up of researchers, health professionals, and stakeholders who work together to advance physical activity in children and adolescents around the world. AHKGA’s vision is a world of active healthy kids. AHKGA’s mission is to power the global movement to get kids moving through leadership, knowledge translation and mobilization, capacity building, and advocacy. The Global Matrix initiative involves the production and subsequent comparison of country-specific Physical Activity Report Cards for children and adolescents, using a harmonized process to assess and assign letter grades to a number of common physical activity indicators. To date, there have been three iterations of the Global Matrix initiative, and the fourth iteration, the Global Matrix 4.0, will be published in October 2022