2nd Health Forum 1995 - Summary Report

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         by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA 
                         November 1995


             Manchester, 18 September 1995   

     Summary Report - Findings and Recommendations

The 2nd International Co-operative Health and Social Care
Forum, held within the framework of the ICA Centennial
Congress, has proved to be a successful initiative.

117 leaders, representatives and observers of co-operatives
and mutual organisations providing health and social care
services were present at the Forum and represented  24
countries. Mr. Michael Stubbs from the United Nations
Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development
and Mr. Chandra Mouli from the World Health Organization also
participated and gave their support to the meeting.

The 2nd Forum was a follow-up of the First International Forum
held during the 30th ICA Congress in Tokyo, October 1992, and
a conclusion of the meetings organized in several ICA regions
on co-operative health and social care services.

The Forum provided the opportunity for speakers from the
different regions to present their experiences gained in the
health co-operative sector of their region and for other
participants to introduce some interesting national and
sectoral case studies. Other background papers and brochures
were distributed to participants at the meeting.

Participants agreed that the Forum contributed to a better
understanding and  facilitated the exchange of experiences
between representatives of various organisations involved in
the health sector, and contributed also to defining the
conditions for the creation of a new ICA specialized body for
the health and social care sector.

A summary of findings and recommendations for action were
drawn up by the Chairman of the Forum as a conclusion of the
final panel discussion and was presented to the ICA General
Assembly on 23rd September.

The most relevant recommendations were as follows:

-    agreement in principle on the creation of a new ICA
     specialised body for the co-operative health and social
     care sector;

-    agreement for an Interim Steering Committee comprised of
     representatives from each ICA Region;

-    agreement for analysing and preparing a background study
     to be presented to the ICA Board concerning the
     establishment of a new specialised body on health and
     social care.

Following the above recommendations, selected co-operators and
the organisers of the Forum had a meeting chaired by Dr. S.
Kato, Chairman of the Forum, on 22nd September in the
Boardroom of CWS in Manchester. The ICA Head Office
representative also participated. The aim of the meeting was
to nominate the regional co-ordinators of the Interim Steering
Committee and agree on the work plan of the Committee.

The following decisions were taken:

- Composition of the Steering Committee: Dr. S.Kato, Medical
Co-op Committee of JCCU, Japan - Chairman and representative
of the Asian region; Dr. Arnaldo Silvestre Mallmann, Director
of UNIMED, Brazil - representative of the American Region and
Dr. Francisco Carreno, Vice-President of  Fundacion Espriu,
Spain - representative of Europe.

- Secretary of the Steering Committee: Arsenio Invernizzi,
Project Officer of ICA Head Office, Geneva;

- Payment of a contribution of USD 10.500 to ICA Geneva, in
equal proportion by Medical Co-op Committee of JCCU, UNIMED
and Espriu Foundation, to cover the direct costs of the
support activities provided for the Committee for a period of
six months.

- The Committee would be responsible - in consultation with
the Health Organisations of each ICA Region - for the drafting
of the following documents: Rules; Members Provisions; Funding
Formula; Definition of Work Strategies and Programme, and
Staff Requirements of the new ICA Body.

- The first proposals should be prepared by March 1996 and
discussed in the meeting of the Committee.

On behalf of all participants thanks were expressed to the UK
co-op movement for their support to a successful Forum.