This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief in the series focuses on SDG 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.
Health cooperatives have been serving their members and their communities over the past two centuries, even in countries with robust universal public health systems. As the potential of cooperatives is still far from being fully harnessed, it is important to better understand their role and their competitive advantages to meeting the health needs of the population.