As a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC), NAFKAM was invited to attend the first WHOCC Regional Meeting in Europe. Read more about the meeting here.
WHO Collaborating Centres are national research institutes, universities, hospitals, health ministries, which support the WHO in the implementation of its programmes. NAFKAM has been a WHOCC for Traditional Medicine since 2008. You can read more about NAFKAM’s role as a WHOCC here.
Representing NAFKAM, Prof. Miek Jong and Barbara Wider took part in the two-day online meeting. -This was a great opportunity for NAFKAM to showcase its joint work with WHO in a poster presentation, says Barbara Wider. You can view NAFKAM's poster here.
The main focus of the meeting was on how WHO and its Collaborating Centres can strengthen their collaboration and scale up their efforts in order to achieve the priorities outlined in the WHO’s European Programme of Work 2020-2025:
• moving towards universal health coverage
• protecting against health emergencies
• promoting health and well-being.
Delegates participated in workshops on how to identify, strengthen and promote innovative collaboration, strengthen and expand existing networking mechanisms, share good practices, address challenges in the implementation of workplans and identify any key problem areas or issues. WHO will produce an outcome document on concrete actions for working together with a common understanding to optimize collaboration.
NAFKAM was designated as a WHOCC in 2008. It contributes to the WHO core priorities of “achieving universal health coverage” and “improving health and wellbeing” through the implementation of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy, 2014-2023.