Eleventh ICA Specialized Organization in Good Health (1997)

This document has been made available in electronic format
by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
April, 1997
(Source: ICA News, Issue No.1/1997, pp1)

		Eleventh ICA Specialised Organisation in Good Health

In November 1996 a new ICA specialised organisation was formed by three 
of  the world's largest health co-operatives: UNIMED of Brazil; The JCCU 
Medical Committee, JCCU (Japan); the Espriu Foundation (Spain). The 
founding meeting, which was held in conjunction with the ICA Regional 
Assembly for the Americas,  immediately elected a Board and adopted an 
action plan and rules. 

Over sixty representatives from the nine organisations interested in becoming 
members of the organisation  attended the meeting and elected Dr. Kato from 
Japan as Chair and Dr. Castilho from Brazil and Dr. Carreno from Spain as 
Board members.  Once the remaining seven organisations applying have been 
accepted into membership a further three Board Members will be elected, 
preferably one from each of the regions.

The additional seven organisations applying for membership are: Unimed  
(Brazil); Swedcoop (Sweden); Coomeva (Colombia) and FEMEC (Colombia); 
DRUZAP, (Slovakia), Centrosoyus (Russia) and OPHACO (Belgium).

While many of the new organisation's activities will be focused at the regional 
level, the Secretary of the new committee, Mats Ahnlund, the newly appointed 
Senior Membership Advisor at ICA, will co-ordinate activities at the global level, 
through the collection and dissemination of information about health co-ops and 
through workshops and seminars organised in conjunction with the World 
Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), 
with whom a partnership has already been developed. 

The first such seminar was held immediately after the founding meeting at 
which 50 participants listened to key-note speeches by representatives from 
the ILO, ICA and health co-operatives from around the World.

(Source: International Health Co-operative Organisation Secretariat)