Health promotion in Africa through cooperatives

Representatives from the International Health Cooperative Organisation took an active part in the different sessions of the 6th Technical Committee of Africa Ministerial Cooperative Conference, held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 28 May to 1 June.

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Under the title «Promotion of good health and well-being in Africa through cooperatives» the primary purpose of the conference hosted by the ICA Africa was to sensitise the African cooperative movement and Government officials in charge of cooperatives on the need to address the Sustainable Development Goal 3 through promoting the cooperative business model in the health, well-being and insurance sectors.

IHCO President Carlos Zarco participated in the session devoted to present case studies from selected countries from Europe, Americas and Africa region. He explained the experience of Spain’s Espriu Foundation and how it has developed a cooperative health network over the last 60 years. Violeta Kostadinova from Bulgaria’s Cooperative Union; Hugo de Castro from Brazil’s OCB and Tom Gitogo from Kenya’s CIC also presented successful cases intending to inspire the development of cooperatives to address Africa’s health needs.