IHCO advocated the contribution by cooperatives to world health and presented them as a tool for achieving the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 at the NGO’s Consultation session held on 23 January at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.
IHCO President Mr Carlos Zarco explained that UN programme includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 associated targets. Goal number 3 is devoted to physical and mental health and well-being, and to extend life expectancy for all with the aim of achieving universal health coverage which includes financial risk protection, access to quality healthcare services and access to affordable medicines and vaccines.
In this regard, he stated that cooperatives are a very well-suited business model to achieving SDG 3 because they are companies owned and run by and for their members, driven by values, not just profit, which share internationally agreed principles and act together to build a better world through co-operation.
The consultation session, hosted by the Alliance for Health Promotion, also included excellent presentations by REPPSI CEO Ms Noreen Huni, MAGI President Mr Matteo Bertelli and Ms Asiya Odugleh from the WHO Health Systems Department.