The potential of health cooperatives in Africa

The potential of health cooperatives in Africa

IHCO participated at the meeting hosted by International Labour Organisation, ILO, in Geneva on 23 May to discuss the potential of health cooperatives to adapt to different geographic, political and socio-economic contexts. With the participation of the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Novartis Social Business, and the consultancy LPS, the objective of the meeting was to take advantage of the versatility of health cooperatives for developing healthcare projects in medium- and low-income countries.
Two projects have been identified in Africa; an insurance cooperative in Kenya, where a health promotion project could be developed, and a cocoa producers’ cooperative in Cameroon interested in offering healthcare to its members. Both projects follow the model of well-established cooperatives working in different sectors that are willing to extend their activity to the health domain and meeting the health needs of their communities.
IHCO President attended WHO’s Executive Board

IHCO President attended WHO’s Executive Board

Last week, IHCO President Carlos Zarco attended to the World Health Organisation’s Executive Board meeting, held in Geneva. His participation is part of the IHCO initiatives aimed at bringing the voice of the health cooperatives into the global health agenda as a reliable business model especially useful for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. Continue reading

9 in 10 health cooperatives increased their turnover over the last five years

9 in 10 health cooperatives increased their turnover over the last five years

The International Cooperative Alliance and the European Reseach Institute on Cooperatives and Social Economy recently published the sixth edition of the World Cooperative Monitor, a report on the world’s largest cooperative and mutual organisations, the Top 300, and a sectoral analysis, both based on 2015 financial data. Continue reading

Health cooperatives included into B20 recommendations to the G20

Health cooperatives included into B20 recommendations to the G20

The B20 Health Initiative, a task force made up by healthcare business representatives from the G20 countries, developed over the last months a set of recommendations and specific policy actions to feed the G20 agenda. IHCO representatives participated in several B20 meetings with the aim of gaining the recognition of cooperative business model in B20 recommendations addressed to the G20 governments. Continue reading