IUCH is an international non-governmental organization with members, adhering bodies and affiliates throughout the circumpolar regions. It has been active since 1967. There has been a long-standing need for the exchange of medical knowledge, as well as the results of recent research and demonstrated solutions to problems for the benefit of humankind. It arranges every third year an international congress, the 18th congress will be held in St Petersburg at 2021. Arctic communities, with the general and specific medical and health problems found in this region, obviously share this need with the rest of the world. The health problems and needs of northern peoples have become the focus of the organization. It is the only organization of its kind, dedicated to the health problems of the circumpolar regions — the International Union for Circumpolar Health. IUCH is an observer of the Arctic Council.
In order to support its members and affiliates, and the scientific and indigenous communities at large, the IUCH has clearly established working groups that concentrate on specific health problems of importance to circumpolar populations, in addition it maintains several publications and supports international efforts in Telemedicine and Health Informatics.
Last updated: 27.11.2019