IHCO’s roundtable discussion

Join us at the IHCO’s Roundtable Discussion on 20 October in Buenos Aires to exchange about the role of health cooperatives in the UN 2030 Agenda

2030 Agenda

In January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force. Over the next fifteen years, these Goals will guide worldwide countries’ efforts to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. The 2030 Agenda pursues to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Cooperatives had always set out to enable people to have access to goods and services sustainably, even before the concept of sustainability had emerged as a global concern. Today, cooperatives are a vital partner for UN and countries to develop 2030 Agenda.

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being at all ages, as states the SDG 3, is essential to sustainable development. The Goal 3 focuses on extending 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.

The role of cooperatives

Cooperatives are active in a wide range of health-related areas which are key to achieving SDG 3. They provide services related to treatment, cure or rehabilitation; run hospitals, health centres and medical facilities; provide health-related social services; and work on illness prevention, health promotion or health literacy. They are also active in the field of pharmaceutical distribution and retailing and offering health insurance covering health-related financial risks. Moreover, as cooperatives are usually formed by professionals, health service providers, patients and members of the community, they match the needs of the citizenship with a unique people-centred approach.

Questions we will try to answer

The objective of this roundtable is to exchange local and national experiences about cooperatives contributing to SDG 3 and to bring into the debate some reflections about the role of health cooperatives in the UN 2030 Agenda.

  • What are the strengths of health cooperatives in achieving universal health coverage?
  • Are health cooperatives well-positioned to collaborate with public health systems?
  • Can cooperatives improve access to quality healthcare services?
  • How can cooperative enterprises protect families from suffering financial hardship as a result of receiving the health care that they need?
  • How can IHCO help to make governments and citizens better understand the role and potential of health cooperatives?