Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine signs cooperative agreement with PAHO/WHO

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A new cooperation agreement has been signed between The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Biblioteca Regional de Medicina (BIREME).

The new agreement aims to expand technical and scientific cooperation in traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine.

AIHM and PAHO/WHO will work together on projects and activities to promote primary healthcare, capacity building, evidence synthesis, and information dissemination, through the implementation of existing international instruments within the PAHO/WHO. These include the PAHO Universal Health Strategy; the PAHO Policy on Ethnicity and Health; the PAHO Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018-2030; the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023; and the WHO Framework on People-Centered Integrated Health Services.

According to Diego Gonzalez, MD, BIREME’s director, the agreement is expected to contribute to the collaborative development of information products and services that will benefit both Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada in the areas of traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine.

“We are thrilled to be working with PAHO/WHO to advance holistic, integrative health throughout the Americas,” said AIHM Executive Director Tabatha Parker, ND. “When health systems include traditional, complementary, and integrative health, it’s a win for patients, communities, and the planet.”