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Promoting Health and Inclusion in an Aging Population

Japan is the world’s oldest country: in 2012, more than 24% of the population were aged 65 or over. This demographic trend is bringing significant public health and welfare challenges, but health cooperatives are leading the way in promoting preventative healthcare and encouraging social inclusion within communities. The Japanese Health and Welfare Co-operative Federation (HeW Co-op Japan) was founded in 1957, not long [...]

San Francisco Bay Area Coops: A Photo Journey

Out at the edge of the Western United States, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to dozens of unique, cooperatively-owned businesses. California has long engendered hopes and dreams of epic proportion and lured prospectors seeking wonder and wealth. In the 1840s the world heard a rumor that gold lay in California’s northern hills. Cooperatives played an inextricable role in the survival and [...]

Participation: The Glue That Binds

Every week, the members of the Shallalà Honey Producers cooperative in southern Ethiopia must walk seven or eight kilometres to attend their regular meeting. The Italian consumers’ cooperative Coop Adriatica has 1.16 million members, making an Annual General Meeting for all an impossibility. All over the world, cooperatives face different challenges in ensuring that their members can have their say and feel a sense of ownership in [...]

18 Million Lives

The recent debates over universal healthcare in the United States have led to a focus on solutions in other countries. One example comes from Brazil, where Unimed represents the largest network of medical cooperatives in the world and is the country’s biggest private healthcare operator, with a commitment to social responsibility and meeting the needs of all sectors of the population, not [...]

Hospitals and Health Training for Nepal

“Nepal’s health indicators are embarrassing.” Indira Panta names poverty, malnutrition, ignorance, deep-rooted traditional beliefs, rampant urbanization and deteriorating environmental conditions as negative factors affecting the health of the Nepalese people. “Government efforts alone are not enough to combat the situation,” she says. The Nepal Health Care Co-operative Ltd. (NEHCO) was founded in March 2006 in an attempt to improve the public health of [...]

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