• Training course IMS


    From October 9th until October 17th, a training course took place at the Central Office of the IMS. This session was addressed to 2 francophone sections and aimed at passing on knowledge about the IMS management at the Section level, as well as the use of the ICOD information system.
    -West Africa Section: Sister Dena, Sister Yvonne, Mrs N’Guessan.
    -Central Africa Section: Sister Charo, Sister Marie-Anne, Father Barthélemy.
    Have intervened as instructors :
    -Mr Bruiet, Mr Colasse, Mrs Correia, Mrs Cote, Mrs Goffin, Mrs Konoba, Mr Sacheli.

  • Golden Jubilee of the IMS West Africa section


    The International Missionary Benefit Society (IMS) celebrated its 50 years of presence in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 8 to 10 September 2017. After the Eucharist led by Monsignor Séraphin ROUAMBA (Archbishop of Koupela, Burkina Faso), Monsignor Joseph SPITERI (Apostolic Nuncio, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire) opened the ceremony, repeating the words of Pope Francis: “everything that is shared multiplies”. Meetings and conferences were then chaired by Monsignor Séraphin ROUAMBA and Monsignor Bénoît ALOWONOU (President of the Conference of bishops of Togo).
    The IMS, an association governed by Swiss law was created in 1965, resulting from the wish by French monks/nuns to benefit from a health care coverage system abroad. As recalled by Sister Elisabeth AULIAC, Vice-President of the IMS, the principle of solidarity grew quickly in Africa with the creation of local sections and a very clear objective:
    To make available to superiors and bishops a system able to meet their canonical obligation, aimed at ensuring the good health of their members. At his public audience of 13 May 2015, Pope Francis moreover spoke, saying:

    “I reserve particular greetings for the members of the International Missionary Benefit Society. Dear friends, I strongly encourage your service in the Congregations and Dioceses to facilitate access by their members to health care and thus promote their dedication to the mission”.

    Father Michel MENARD, President of the Association is able to appreciate the path travelled: today 770 congregations and dioceses (nearly 29,000 priests, monks and nuns) maintain the IMS’ spirit of solidarity, a “daughter of the church”, according to the words of Monsignor Bénoît ALOWONOU. They pay a contribution that is adjusted in line with the particular country and receive assistance following each health care procedure provided for their members (medical consultation, hospitalisation, eyewear, pharmacy, etc.).

    This Golden Jubilee of the IMS West Africa section therefore brought together a hundred people from Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Niger, representing the dioceses and religious congregations of these countries.

    The specific needs of the members of this region and how best to adapt the services were recalled at this meeting. The partnerships with hospitals providing hospital care, mainly in Abidjan were particularly commended, such as the quality of care. One of the objectives of the next few years will be to expand this high-quality care network in the countries of the region and to continue to make the IMS known to the autochthonous dioceses and communities, trying to align it as much as possible to the needs and the budget of the persons concerned.

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  • Travel of the President of the IMS to Africa

    Father Ménard, President of the IMS, was in Africa between April 24th and April 30th. Accompanied by Brother Vignau (administrator) and Mister Sacheli (operations manager), he attended the MISAL (European meeting of the missionary societies) in Abuja (Kenya) where he presented the IMS (its history, organization and operating mode) and informed the superiors.
    He visited the archdiocese of Abuja and two colleges of the Marist Brothers where he informed about the IMS. Finally, representatives of groups belonging to the IMS came to inquire.
    In Nairobi (Kenya), the President met the cardinal, the bishops of the conference as well as superiors, bursars and managers of local groups in order to raise awareness among them about the cost of the medical care in their country in relation to the IMS practices of solidarity. Then, he visited the IMS local section to greet the staff and thank them for their work.



    A new manager is at the head of the Belgium section. Succeeding Mr. Lucien LAVRYSEN, Mr. Arnaud GORGEMANS took up his post on February 1st, 2017. He is also the regional Director of the Mutualité Chrétienne de Belgique. The Conférence des Religieux de France and the Mutuelle des Religieux de Belgique are the first religious communities to have formed the IMS (1965).

  • Annual Steering Committee

    On November 9th, under the presidency of Father Michel MENARD, was held the annual Steering Committee of the IMS, in the General House of the Daughters of Charity.
    Once again, the meeting was preceded by an encounter with all the sections.
    We notice the participation of three new religious:
    – Sister Auliac (Communauté du Chemin Neuf, Lyon) was elected Vice-President,
    – Father Kihm (Congrégation du Saint Esprit, Paris) joined the administrators,
    – Father Assamba (Congrégation du Saint Esprit, Cameroon) introduced himself as the new manager of the Central Africa section.
    Coming from 12 countries, the administrators, councilors, members of the commissions and sections were informed about the accounts of the Organization, before talking about the work of the sections, the important points of management before working on future decisions.
    Once again, President Ménard recalled the value of solidarity which is the founding principle of the IMS. He particularly urged the sections to accentuate the use of the Social Fund for the groups.

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  • Hospital Saint-Joseph

    On August 24th 2016, Mr. REYNIERS (Operational Manager, MUTAS) and Mr. SACHELI (Operations Manager, IMS) met Mrs NOUVION (Development / Communication / International Director, Hospital Saint-Joseph, Paris) and Mrs GARITO- KARAM (International service, Hospital Saint-Joseph).
    The goal was to evaluate the situation after 8 months of collaboration.
    Upon presentation of their certificate of affiliation, the members of the IMS benefit from agreed rates and are delivered an exemption of payment.
    During the meeting, Mr. REYNIERS got a phone call from Cameroon regarding the medical evacuation of a sick sister; she will be quickly admitted and treated at the Hospital Saint-Joseph. Besides the quality of the medical care, the hospital ensures the living environment of the patients; the establishment is characterized by its many green spaces. The patients also have access to the chapel, known for its magnificent stained-glass windows.





    The 17th Plenary Assembly of the SCEAM (Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) took place in Luanda (ANGOLA) between July 19th and July 24th 2016, under the chairmanship of Cardinal Gabriel MBLINGI, archbishop of Lubango (ANGOLA). The theme was that of the family: « Family in Africa, yesterday, today and tomorrow, in the light of the Gospel ».

    The SCEAM was created in Africa in the 1960s. It gathers the Episcopal conferences of the continent and Madagascar. The IMS had to be there. Brother Henri VIGNAU (administrator of the Steering Committee) and Sister Eugénie DENA (Manager of the West Africa section) made the trip in order to present the missions of the IMS to the 150 cardinals, bishops and priests who were present. The speech was appreciated; it was followed by several discussions in small groups. Indeed, in many African countries, the need in terms of support to the health of the priests from the dioceses is still very strong.


  • The IMS and its new Steering Committee

    Traditionally, the meeting of IMS’ Steering Committee is held at the end of the year. On 18 and 19 November 2015, the 14 members of the committee therefore met on the premises the Sisters of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul.
    The members of the 4 commissions were also present, as well as the managers and secretaries of the 7 sections. The latter enriched the discussions with their experience in the field and the needs of the members.
    President Ménard reiterated his commitment to the values of solidarity; he also asked that work be carried out on adapting the IMS to changes and finished by quoting Cardinal N’Dju of Kenya: “let us never retreat, but always go forwards”.

  • Visits to Central America

    Brother Vignau (Board Member of the Steering Committee) and Mr Sacheli (operations / development manager) visited Guatemala and El Salvador between 4 and 11 November 2015. The trip was designed to observe in the ground, the
    remarkable work of the Central America section of Brother Luis Carlos Guttierez Blanco, in terms of management and development. Particular contacts have been made with the health care structures in these two countries to study the establishment of a care network. Discussions with the apostolic nuncios and diplomatic representations have indeed confirmed the needs for health care support, in particular for the dioceses and congregations.

  • Formation pour les responsables et secrétaires EMI

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