ARCCIM signs world-first MOU with PAHO
ARCCIM has successfully negotiated the first Australian –Latin American partnership around traditional and integrative medicine research and policy. In late 2015, ARCCIM signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) – the Americas Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) - establishing ARCCIM as an international leader in helping develop research and policy around implementation and integration of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy. Dr Jon Wardle, who is leading ARCCIM’s Regulatory, Policy and Legislative Research Stream met with Dr Socorro Gross Galiano, PAHO Country Director for Nicaragua in late December 2015 to sign the MOU and co-chair initial discussions and seminars between the two partners, as well as co-host research workshops with PAHO a
Nicaragua is a global leader to implement the WHO's Traditional Medicine Strategy, with the establishment of two laws entrenching traditional and integrative medicine as a human healthcare right which the government supports in terms of practice and regulation.
‘The MOU opens up exciting collaborations and opportunities for UTS and ARCCIM in Nicaragua as well as across Latin America more generally with ARCCIM providing technical and expert support to the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and government and non-government agencies in collaboration with PAHO to develop and evaluate policy interventions around traditional and integrative medicine,’ said Dr Wardle.
Also in line with this new partnership, ARCCIM is involved in planning a Latin American strategy session on integrative medicine to be held in Nicaragua, and initiatives to establish the first Latin American integrative medicine research journal.
‘This latest international MOU further highlights ARCCIM’s commitment to international leadership in helping develop policy, research and research capacity building around traditional and integrative health care,’ said Professor Jon Adams, Director of ARCCIM. 'Our partnership with PAHO complements the Centre’s initiatives in many other countries including ground-breaking collaborations with other leading partners in countries such as Canada, Brazil and Indonesia.’