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Zanîn Cooperative for Medicine and Medical Equipment

Because of the increase in the demand for medicines and the absence of some important ones in Rojava, a decision was made to start a cooperative project to satisfy Jazira Canton‘s [Kantona Cizîrê‎ / Cezîre] need for medicine.

Co-chair of the Chamber of Industry and Director of the Construction of Cooperatives, Samir Sadeq Aany, said: ”Zanîn is a cooperative for medical, dental and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment for hospitals and clinics. The idea for this project came from a group of doctors who work in Jazira. Zanîn is a communal cooperative, and the price of a share is 100,000 SYP. There are a total of 5,000 shares which are collectively worth five hundred million Syrian pounds. Registration will be through the people’s houses [Mala Gel] in all neighbourhoods. Every member can participate with up to 8-10 shares, but not more. 75-80% of the members are doctors and pharmacists, and that will make the coop more successful, because the objective of Zanîn is not only profit, but also to make medicines available, reduce their prices─which tend to be fluctuating in pharmacies, destroy monopoly and allow people to access medicine at affordable prices.”

Read the rest at Co-operative Economy in Rojava & Bakur


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