The Pan American Health Organization cordially invites you to participate in the webinar “Traditional and Complementary Medicine in Primary Health Care; 40 years after Alma-Ata”, on May 8, 2018. Speakers will examine the role of traditional and complementary medicine in the context of the 40th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration, the PAHO Universal Health Strategy, and the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023.
The inclusion of traditional medicine is key to addressing ethnic inequities in health in the region, and it is therefore included as a central component of the intercultural approach of PAHO´s Policy of Ethnicity and Health.

DATE: May 8
TIME: 2 – 4 PM (EST)

Opening remarks: Anna Coates, Chief, Office of Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity, PAHO/WHO
Moderator: Ricardo Fabrega, Regional Advisor for Integrated Health Services, Health Services and Access Unit, PAHO/WHO


  • The Role of Integrative and Complementary Practices in Primary Health Care in Brazil. Daniel Miele Amado, National Coordinator, Integrative and Complementary Practices in Health, Ministry of Health of Brazil
  • The Importance of Traditional Medicine for the Ethnic Diversity of the Americas. Vivian Camacho, Indigenous rights activist, member of PAHO´s High-Level Commission for the 40th anniversary of Alma-Ata
  • Integrative Health Competencies for Primary Health Care Professionals. Benjamin Kligler, National Director, Integrative Health Coordinating Center, Office of Patient-Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, Veterans Health Administration; Chair, Interprofessional Leadership Team, National Center for Integrative Primary Health Care
  • Virtual Health Library in Traditional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine for the Americas: information, collaboration, and inclusion to advance towards Universal Health. Veronica Abdala, Manager of Cooperative Information Services and Production of Information Sources, BIREME/PAHO/WHO

Closing remarks: James Fitzgerald, Director, Department of Health Systems and Services, PAHO/WHO

The event is a collaboration of the Health Services and Access Unit, the Office of Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity, and BIREME/PAHO/WHO.