Asia-Pacific Health Cooperatives Organization (APHCO) met in Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 13. APHCO President Dr Takaaki Fujiwara gave opening remarks, thanking phect-NEPAL for hosting the meeting and for the generous donation in the wake of the Kumamoto Earthquakes that hit Japan in April 2016. He also expressed his condolences over the sudden loss of IHCO Presidente Dr José Carlos Guisado. All the meeting participants took a moment of silence to remember and honour him. Continue reading
Interview with Vanessa Hammond, chair of the Health Care Co-operatives Federation of Canada and member of the Board of the International Health Co-operative Organisation
Dr José Carlos Guisado, President of the International Health Co-operatives Organisation, IHCO, passed away on 14 October in Quebec City, Canada, at the age of 61. The co-operative leader suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday, 12 October, while taking part at the International Summit of Co-operatives being held in the Canadian city. He was hospitalised in a very serious condition, and failed to recover. Continue reading
The delegates of the member organisations of the IHCO met on October 11, in Quebec City, Canada. Within the framework of the International Summit of Cooperatives 2016, IHCO welcomed as a new associated member organisation, Australia’s National Health Cooperative and their delegates Adrian Watts and Blake Wilson. The NHC is a not-for-profit consumer co-operative established to provide affordable and accessible medical and health services to the local community where it operates. This health co-operative uses a proactive and integrated partnership approach between the members and the doctors, nurses and other health providers and educators to form a comprehensive health care team. The NHC is Australia’s largest health co-operative and the largest provider of primary health care in the Canberra region. Continue reading
The Federación Argentina de Entidades de Salud Solidaria, FAESS, was formed in 1999 from a collaborative agreement between the Instituto Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos, IMFC, and the Confederation of Co-operatives COOPERAR. At that time, around 50% of Argentina’s population did not have access to healthcare. FAESS brought together users and practitioners to develop a co-operative health service model. It currently brings together 66 organisations, cooperatives and mutuals. The 2001 economic crisis led to an increase in the number of worker takeovers and now various hospitals function as worker co-operatives.