The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is affecting thousands of people. The global pandemic is impacting in the activities of individuals, organisations and companies. It is also a challenging moment for the cooperative movement and especially for healthcare cooperatives.
The International Health Cooperative Organisation wants to express solidarity with all those suffering the disease and its effects.
IHCO’s priority is to contribute to the containment of the epidemic following at all times the measures and recommendations by the World Health Organisation and National Health authorities.
IHCO wants to highlight the great work that health professionals are doing to face this emergency. Doctors, nurses, orderlies, ambulance drivers, pharmacists, administrative officers, etc… are making enormous efforts to guarantee the safety and well-being of the population.
We extend our warmest gratitude to all those on the front line struggling to defeat this global health challenge.
IHCO joins the World Health Organisation, WHO, the Alliance for Health Promotion and the global health community in urging governments at the climate negotiations in Madrid’s COP25 to turn words into action and start implementing measures to incorporate health into the COP agenda, as foreseen by the Paris Agreement. Continue reading
On past October, the Asia-Pacific Health Cooperative Organisation, APHCO, held the 12th General Assembly gathering representatives from Japan, Malaysia, India and Nepal. APHCO member-organisation delegates reviewed the activities carried out since 2017 and discussed the action plan for the period 2019-2021, which will be focused on promoting cooperative activities that improve community health and contribute to health promotion. Beyond to provide affordable and quality healthcare, participants highlighted the importance of supporting local citizens so that they could play active roles in health promotion.
The General Assembly also approved a plan to review the organisation’s history and draft a brochure compiling the main milestones achieved since 1997, when it was founded.
A new Board was elected in the meeting which will be chaired by Hew Coop Japan’s Dr Jun Takahashi. Member-organisations represented on the new Board are KDM of Malaysia; Shushrusha Citizens’ Cooperative Hospital and Kerala Cooperative Hospital Federation of India, phect-NEPAL and COOPFED of Sri Lanka.
APHCO’s new president encouraged members to «keep working together at APHCO and work toward the achievement of SDGs, including ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.» The 2020 General Assembly will be held in Sri Lanka.
IHCO President Carlos Zarco gave a presentation at the 9th Global Forum on Health Promotion organised by the Alliance for Health Promotion in partnership with the World Health Organisation. The theme of this year’s event was «A Critical Pathway to Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC)». Representatives of governments, civil society and international organisations gathered to discuss how to put in practice the historical declaration adopted by the UN High-Level Meeting regarding UHC.
Dr Zarco celebrated the recent statement passed by the UN General Assembly on Universal Health Coverage, setting out the benefits of cooperative enterprises in the health sector. «Cooperatives are an efficient business model that can prove a particularly suitable organisational instrument in translating the recommendations of the UN’s political declaration into concrete actions to improve health coverage for the population», he said.
The video of the forum is available on the WHO website: www.who.int/healthpromotion/en/
The role of cooperatives in health provision is given special attention at the United Nations, as the Secretary-General submitted the report «Cooperatives in social development» to the 74th session of the General Assembly.
«My body is my only asset» is the title of the book that tells the story of Lok Swasthya SEWA, the health cooperative set up in 1990 in Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, that recently joined IHCO. This surprising title expresses in a few words how vital is women’s health and physical wellbeing for them to be able to work, earn a living and feed their families. Continue reading