1.1 Doctors Assisting in the South-Pacific Islands (DAISI®) is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at providing medical and surgical assistance and education where it is most needed and requested to the people of the South-Pacific Islands. It particularly emphasises helping those South Pacific neighbours that fall under the WHO poverty line including the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji & Cook Islands. DAISI members do not operate for the profit, personal gain or other benefit of particular people. This applies both while the organisation is operating and if it ‘winds up’ (closes down). DAISI assets and income shall be applied solely to further its objects and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the organisation except as genuine compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the organization.
1.2 In the event of the DAISI® being dissolved, all assets that remain after such dissolution and the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall be transferred to another organisation, which is charitable at law and which has rules prohibiting the distribution of its assets and income to its members
1.3 DAIS® is open to membership to any qualified doctor or student doctor who has practiced volunteer medical work in the South Pacific with DAISI and agrees to abide by the ethos of DAISI®, and be compliant with the laws governing the country in the South-Pacific that is visited as well as their country of abode or residency.
1.4 If DAISI® is wound up or its endorsement as a deductible gift recipient is revoked (whichever occurs first), any surplus of the following assets shall be transferred to another organisation with similar objects, which is charitable at law, to which income tax deductible gifts can be made: a. gifts of money or property for the principal purpose of the organisation; b. contributions made in relation to an eligible fundraising event held for the principal purpose of the organisation; c. money received by the organisation because of such gifts and contributions.
1.5 Any qualified doctor or current medical student who wishes to be a member of DAISI® must have practiced volunteer medical work in the South Pacific Islands with DAISI in a manner compliant with the rules and the laws governing the country. Doctors must be registered with the Medical Board for the period of time that they practice medicine in the South-Pacific with applications made to the respective medical registration board well prior to planned visit to ensure currency of registration while practicing medicine in the South-Pacific Islands. Medical students must practice in the South-Pacific Islands under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner.
1.6 The aim of DAISI® is to empower the people of the South-Pacific Islands with an emphasis on education, collaboration and a collegiate interaction with existing doctors and infrastructure. Teaching is a fundamental quality emphasised by DAISI®, as the aim is to promote self-sufficiency amongst the South-Pacific Islands, rather than reliance on medical aid.
1.7 Donations received by DAISI® are primarily to be given directly to people of the South-Pacific or to be used to purchase necessary medical equipment or supplies which are then directly given to people of the South Pacific. The exception to this rule is ongoing fees associated with the administrative running of DAISI® with money paid for preparation of tax returns, postage and email accounts and web hosting, and bank fees associated with the single registered bank account of DAISI® also being paid for by donated monies, and travel and accommodation fees incurred by volunteers during their volunteer trip to the South-Pacific Islands .
1.8 DAISI’s constitution provides for four members on the board which include the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer & Secretary. These four members are elected at the Annual General Meeting. The four elected members are mandated for a two year term on a rotational basis. All members of the board are volunteers and are not remunerated for their work for DAISI®.
1.9 An Annual report detailing DAISI’s income and expenses for the previous financial year, and all activities engaged in by members of DAISI® will be sent to all members of DAISI®. This report will also contain a form that invites all existing members to “opt in” or “opt out” as an ongoing member of DAISI® for the future 2 year period with membership not automatically renewed and dependent on the return of this completed form. Membership is free.
2.0 Whilst DAISI® is a supportive and advisory organisation, it takes no personal responsibility for injury or loss of property or illness or death while members are working in the South-Pacific Islands. DAISI® recommends travel and medical insurance when visiting the South-Pacific Islands, and notification of your medical indemnity provider prior to visits to the South-Pacific Islands to ascertain the level of medicolegal protection offered to you by your indemnifier.
2.1 DAISI® office bearers will vote on all matters pertaining to changes to its constitution (as stated here), and all other important decisions relating to funding of projects, with majority vote required, with the chairman having the vote of 2, and each other DAISI® member having a single vote.
As of November 16th, 2017