Association Internationale pour l’œuvre du Dr Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné
In 1930, Albert Schweitzer founded an association with the aim of federating all the national committees set up in different countries to publicise his work and collect donations for the hospital. The association had two committees: one for hospital work and the other for spiritual work.
In September 1974, this first “international” association, the AISL (Association Internationale pour l’œuvre du Docteur Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné) created the FISL (Fondation Internationale de l’hôpital Albert Schweitzer à Lambaréné). From then on, the FISL, which is governed by Gabonese law, was responsible for managing the Lambaréné hospital, while the AISL, which is governed by French law and based at the Maison Schweitzer in Gunsbach, was responsible for the international dissemination of the “Respect for Life” ethic.
The national committees (France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, England, the United States, etc.) that still exist and are members of the AISL have diversified their missions, from supporting the “two works” in Gunsbach and Lambaréné to other humanitarian and ecological development projects around the world.
JAN HELGE SOLBAKK
FRITZ VON GUNTEN