Communicating the Contribution of Cooperatives
Representing around 12 percent of humankind, the cooperative movement is making a vital contribution to help cooperative members, families and communities, get through this crisis. A key example of such a contribution is made by health cooperatives that are represented by International Cooperative Health Organization (IHCO), one of ICA’s Sectoral Organizations, whose President Carlos Zarco and Director José Perez have sent us the following message:
“In the face of the health emergency caused by the spread in many countries of the COVID-19 disease, the priority of health cooperatives is to collaborate with all their resources in the containment of the pandemic, aligning themselves at all times with the action measures recommended by the World Health Organization and by the competent health authorities. We also want to express that the professionals of the health cooperatives are making an enormous effort, like the entire health profession, to face the situation and try to guarantee the safety and well-being of both their patients and the rest of the population in the territory in which they carry out their activity”
The ICA Global Office is in continuous consultation with the IHCO on the ongoing crisis.
Our thoughts and deepest thanks go to all doctors, nurses, medical staff and all workers in health cooperatives, for their devotion to duty, greatest professionalism and utmost selflessness.
Members Can Now Share Experiences and Needs on Our Loomio Platform
As a practical way for sharing and showcasing the hope and response that the cooperative movement has to offer during these uncertain times, we have opened a discussion platform for members. Members have been invited to share their ongoing experience, needs, including short term and urgent ones such as medical supplies, and more long-term ones. If you are a member and would like to join the discussion send Santosh Kumar an email at [email protected]. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response and approval to join the discussion.
Establishing A Cooperative Solidarity Fund To Better Tackle COVID-19 And Its Impact
We are also calling for solidarity with those in need by asking members to make financial pledges to a Cooperative Solidarity Fund to tackle COVID-19 that we will launch shortly. This call is based on our previous experience with funds raised and coordinated by the ICA to help cooperatives and their communities affected by extraordinary challenges following natural disasters like the 2011 tsunami and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, among others.
The Loomio platform mentioned above has a conversation thread on the new solidarity fund. Further information on this fund will be sent shortly to all of you.
Many of us are confined and facing difficulties of various sorts. We understand that this crisis has impacted many of you and this may continue for a few more months. As a global community, we will get through this critical time together.
Take care and be in good health!
ICA Director General