As part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC), a new brief focused on Sustainable Development Goal 3 has been launched in collaboration with IHCO. Continue reading
IHCO held its annual General Assembly in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 20 October. Members approved the report of the President and discussed the action plan for 2019. The organisation aims to increase the visibility of health cooperatives and raise the public awareness of their contribution to the health systems and the Sustainable Development Goals. It also plans to foster business inter-cooperation, to facilitate mutually beneficial relations between the member organisations and to support them in their advocacy and lobbying actions at the national and local levels.
Over the past years, growing imbalances between the supply and the demand for health services have pressured the national health systems. Increasing health expenditure, the ageing of the population, the long waiting times or the struggle to cope with long-term care due to chronic and degenerative diseases are some of the problems of the health systems.
Counteracting these difficulties, health cooperatives are found in several countries delivering a wide range of services, including insurance coverage, prevention and soft healthcare services, the distribution of pharmaceutical products and the management of healthcare hospitals and other facilities.
The Cooperative Health Report, published by IHCO and EURICSE, unveils what is the contribution of cooperatives to the global health and why cooperatives are well-equipped with competitive advantages for the health sector.
Identifying the building blocks for the establishment of a global platform for cooperatives for health
IHCO, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Association de Soutien aux Centres de Recherches, d’Enseignements et de Soins (ASCRES), and the International Labour Organisation agreed to explore the possibility of establishing a global platform for exchange, learning and support among cooperatives to leverage their comparative advantage and expertise for Universal Health Coverage in low and middle-income countries. Continue reading
In 2014, thirteen leading cooperatives, federations and organisations from the Philippines joined forces to create Cooperative Health Management Federation. In this interview, Roy S. Miclat, CEO of the Federation for the last three years, explains its structure and goals, as well as the nature of its relationship with the public health system in the country.
On 13 November, IHCO participated in the General Assembly of the Alliance for Health Promotion held in the Graduate Institute of Geneva. IHCO President Carlos Zarco represented health cooperatives at the meeting. He shared with the Alliance’s members what are the advantages of cooperatives in the health sector and why these enterprises contribute to improving the well-being of the population.
The Alliance for Health Promotion is made up of a network of NGOs and international civil society organisations from different sectors that share their commitment to improving people’s health. The Alliance is officially linked to the WHO (World Health Organization) and has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
The map of inequality: with over 20 million Italians in financial difficulty going without treatment or getting into debt to receive it, health becomes a commodity only available for those who can pay. Cooperatives are a third way to support the Italian national health service.