The name of SIHA was approved by Bapak at the Anugraha World Congress in 1983. The initial steering committee that was formed at that congress included Maxwell Fraval, Hermione Elliott, Latidjah Miller, Hedley Bennett, Richard Salisbury, Rohanna Salom and Robyn Burke. However, in that era before the internet, and in the wake of the collapse of the two international enterprises, Anugraha and Project Sunrise, SIHA went into limbo until it was revived at the Spokane World Congress in 1997. During this period, efforts were made to gain recognition by the World Subud Council.
Bapak showed early support for SIHA. His talks are full of statements about setting up hospitals and caring for our own members as well as the community at large.
Here is a supportive quote by Bapak:
“The fact is that God guides man to be his own doctor, his own teacher, so that he does not need to depend on anyone else. And once you can do that, once you can be independent of everybody and stand on your own feet, it will lead you to a feeling of confidence in yourself.”
Here is a more in-depth article about the history of SIHA, written by Harris Smart.