The covid-19 pandemic has brought health services and healthcare workers into sharp focus. It has also brought to the forefront the continued challenges the developed world faces to meet the increasing needs of an ageing population, and healthcare inequity that low-income countries face as they struggle to expand health coverage.
Health cooperatives are uniquely positioned to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to «ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages», and improving universal health coverage.
An inspiring online conversation about «Health Cooperatives during COVID-19 and in times of crises» took place on 17 June hosted by IHCO and ICA as part of the initiative The Cooperative Way.
Featured speakers from India, Cameroon, Colombia, Spain and Italy discussed how their health cooperatives faced the covid-19 pandemic and what are the actions they put in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and relieve the related economic and social consequences.
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.
After coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was identified, the World Health Organisation declared the related coronavirus disease covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Some days later it became a Pandemic. Since then, the outbreak has spread to almost all countries and has led governments to take severe measures to slow down the dynamics of the pandemic.
In these difficult times, the International Health Cooperative Organisation wants to extend its support and solidarity to all those who are suffering the disease. Our thoughts are with all those who have lost a loved one. Continue reading
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. Continue reading