Caregiving is truly an international phenomenon. No nation is without family caregivers, and the ways in which nations support the needs of caregivers are many. The Alliance is proud to serve as Secretariat for the International Alliance of Carer Organizations, a global coalition incorporated in 2012 which is currently in the process of gaining non-profit recognition. The organization is building a strong network of carer organizations across nations to share ideas, programs and research that can bring visibility and support to family caregivers around the globe. The mission of the organization is three-fold:
- to increase visibility of family caregiving across the lifespan as an international issue;
- to promote the sharing of best practices in caregiving programs between countries; and
- to encourage and provide assistance to countries interested in developing family carer organizations.
If you are interested in more information about IACO, please contact Rick Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Alliance of Carer Organizations met at the beginning of June in Helsinki, Finland, for its second annual meeting, preceding the Eurocarers meeting. With representatives from Sweden, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Australia, and the United States, the members of the international coalition shared best practices for caring and caregiving in their respective countries.
The meeting was made possible through generous funding from BUPA Australia, Right at Home International, and Novartis.
By way of background, the inaugural meeting of the International Alliance of Carer Organizations took place on May 22 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting included presentations on family carers in attendee countries as well as discussions on future projects for IACO. Member countries from the United States, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand took part in the discussion. Speakers included a keynote from Saul Becker, the Head of School and Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Nottingham. His presentation on the International Perspectives on Younger Carers provided great insight to the challenges of young caregivers.
2014 Meeting Materials