NAFKAM reappointed as WHO Collaborating Centre

“We are pleased that NAFKAM's research activities can continue to contribute on a global level," says Miek Jong, director of NAFKAM. 

Bilde av NAFKAM-leder Miek Jong på UiT
NAFKAM-leder Miek Jong, er svært fornøyd med at NAFKAM igjen er utnevnt som WHO samarbeidssenter.
Foto: Ingrid Leithe

For the fifth time, NAFKAM has been appointed as a WHO Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization. The continued collaboration means that NAFKAM will be involved in developing WHO's global strategy and research agenda for traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine for the period 2025-2034. 

"This work will be of great importance in the coming years, and NAFKAM's research activities can continue to contribute on a global level," says Miek Jong, director of NAFKAM. 

Torkjel Sandanger, head of the Department of Community Medicine (ISM) at UiT, congratulates everyone at NAFKAM and says: 

"This appointment is a significant recognition of the quality of NAFKAM's research. The Department of Community Medicine is proud to host UiT's only WHO Collaborating Centre. It's great that NAFKAM has such an opportunity to influence the development of the research agenda." 

A new strategy in the field is already in motion 

Barbara Wider, senior advisor at NAFKAM, is one of 20 international experts recently invited to review the draft of the WHO strategy and provide technical input on its content. "The strategy will support and guide member states in identifying the potential of safe and effective alternative treatments, and and utilizing it to achieve worldwide health and well-being. I consider it a privilege to contribute here," she says.

About WHO Collaborating Centres

WHO has over 800 collaborating centres, spanning more than 80 countries. They have 26 collaborating centres in the field of traditional medicine, and NAFKAM is one of three in Europe. WHO's collaborating centres are national institutions appointed by the Director-General of WHO. These centres are part of an international collaborative network that carries out activities in support of WHO's mandate for international health work and program priorities.

WHO aims to support member states in developing proactive policies and implementing action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy.

The appointment as a collaborating centre lasts for a period of four years. NAFKAM was first appointed in 2008 and the appointment has since been renewed every four years. 



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