The mission of the International Council of Multiple Birth Organisations (ICOMBO) is to raise awareness of the unique needs of multiple - birth infants, children, adults and their families promoting their health, education and welfare.
- Promote the principles detailed in the Declaration of Rights and Statement of Twins and Higher Order Multiples.
- Provide a structure to enable individuals and multiple-birth organizations to share and develop resources.
- Promote and conduct projects and research regarding multiple birth development, care, and education.
- Disseminate information and results of ICOMBO research projects particularly via Twin Research.
- Promote membership of ICOMBO to multiple birth organisations worldwide.
The International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (formerly COMBO) was formed at the 1980 ISTS Congress, held in Jerusalem. Between 1980 to 1986 international liaison between COMBO members developed including exchange of newsletters, resources, and research. At the 1992 ISTS Congress in Japan, multiple-birth organizations worked together to begin compiling a Declaration of Rights and Statement of Needs for Twins and Higher Order Multiples. This declaration was formally adopted by COMBO members at the 1995 ISTS Congress, held in Richmond, VA. A new management structure for COMBO was approved at the 1998 Congress in Helsinki, and COMBO was ratified as a working group of ISTS. During the 2010 Congress in Seoul Korea, COMBO formally changed their name to the International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (ICOMBO) to better reflect their global reach.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for ICOMBO are voted into office during the ICOMBO Business Meeting at the ISTS Congress. The following are the ICOMBO Board for the years 2014 - 2017.
- Chair: Monica Rankin (Australia)
- Vice Chair: Terri Gillis (USA)
- Editorial Director: Terri Gillis (USA)
- Membership Director: Monica Rankin (Australia)
- Research Director: Susan Griffiths (USA)
- Other Directors: Pat Preedy (UK); Keith Reed (UK); Tiffany Wimberly (USA); Christine Disselkamp (Germany); Donald Keith (USA); Kimberley Weatherall (Canada)