Health related news

What will happen when we are too old to take care of our disabled son?

At KOIS, the notion of impact runs deeper than business. Today, we share with you the words of our Founder, François de Borchgrave, as he tells us the story of his son, Igor.

Igor is 7 and a half years old and suffers from a disability that makes him dependent on his family. While he is taken care of today, his family, like many others in Belgium, wonder what will happen when they are no longer there to help him. It is crucial to develop new living spaces for disabled adults in Belgium, which is the drive behind our Founder’s personal project: Tous Ensemble Handicap.

Creating a safety net for India’s migrant workers

India has seen one of the strictest and longest lockdown due to the COVID-19. The lockdown has significantly affected India’s migrant worker population. While India’s government set up a relief package of nearly $23 billion specifically for migrant workers and the urban poor, the conditions keep many from availing these benefits. Could impact finance help?

KOIS Newsletter – Scaling innovative and impactful business models with sustainable financing

While not-for-profit and social organizations play a crucial role in our society, they often struggle in scaling their operations & impact. More than ever, we need to help these impact-driven organisations to attract new and sustainable sources of funding.

In this newsletter, we present our thoughts and finding on how to help scale innovative & impactful business models.

Scaling innovative and impactful models: Case study #1 – Eyecare clinics in the DRC

Scaling innovative and impactful models: Case study #1 – Eyecare clinics in the DRC

Many impact-driven organizations play significant roles in promoting a fairer and more sustainable world. However, they often face considerate struggles in scaling up their operations & impact, and attracting new sources of funding.

Over the years, KOIS has worked with many organizations to help them in their scale-up process. Today, we present a first case study: assisting Light for the World in the scale-up plan of their ophthalmologic centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Economic Times: HealthQuad to hike fund pool to Rs 900 crore

HealthQuad had raised Rs 75 crore in 2016 under its first fund and invested Rs 250 crore along with its investors in the seven Indian companies like Medika Bazar, Regency Hospital and others. Through the second fund, HealthQuad seeks to invest in disruptive, technology based and innovation driven businesses which transform healthcare in India, generate value and also create deep social impact.

De Tijd: Time to opt for sustainable investments

In this opinion piece, Solifin expresses the need for public authorities to create a framework promoting the financing of investments with a positive impact on the environment and society.

Joint Belgian Impact Investors ALTERFIN, BIO, BRS, INCOFIN, INPULSE, KAMPANI, and KOIS call for action to respond to COVID-19 in developing countries

Joint Belgian Impact Investors ALTERFIN, BIO, BRS, INCOFIN, INPULSE, KAMPANI, and KOIS call for action to respond to COVID-19 in developing countries

As we slowly recover from the pandemic, Belgian Impact investors wish to issue a call to action. The lockdowns have lead to a loss of income in the informal sector, being the primary source of income in developing countries. We must take action now to cooperate in addressing this crisis. In this context, We call upon all dedicated actors, public or private, to connect with us, to mobilize resources and to join us in our response.

Protecting mental health in COVID-19 times

Protecting mental health in COVID-19 times

As nations slowly recover from the pandemic, we must ensure mental health impacts are taken into account. In fact, the effect of augmented stress in past epidemics and natural catastrophes has been proven to have long-term disastrous consequences. In this article, we explore the many underlying reasons for higher stress levels due to COVID-19 and how to approach this from both an individual and public health perspective.