Important achievements of the ATRC-INAM

  • In its almost 25 years of experience in community health, training and practice of traditional Chinese medicine, ATRC was able to develop and standardize its traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture training courses and modules.
  • It played a major role in upgrading the quality of TCM education and practice in the Philippines through a code of ethics, standards of practice and clinical researches.
  • In partnership with more than twenty (20) partner organizations in the different areas of the Philippines, from the Cordilleras in Northern Luzon to Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, ATRC provided training to more than sixty-five (65) graduates of an External Apprenticeship Programs, most of them staff members of community organizations to enable them to diagnose and treat common diseases using TCM, establish community clinics, even translating these training manuals into the vernacular dialects and languages.
  • ATRC contributed to increasing access to health in the communities. ATRC’s role was crucial in the formation of the All Philippine Acupuncture Federation (APAF), conducting regular annual consultations and regular information exchange with these networks.
  • It also provided initial logistical support and teaching materials, while it also set up a monitoring and evaluation system to continually develop and improve the standardized courses it has established.
  • It also conducted joint training activities with the Department of Health and maintained open communication lines with legislators regarding bills and laws involving the practice of traditional medicine. It definitely played a role in the establishment of a government institution on traditional and alternative health care by active lobbying for the passage of the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act of 1997. It continually exerts influence on this agency by bringing in crucial personalities from different parts of the globe to catalyze a change in paradigm of modern medical doctors as well as the public in general with regards the use of traditional Chinese medicine, Philippine indigenous medicine and integration of modern medicine with these different healing modalities.
  • During all these years, ATRC and now operated its own clinic verifying the effectiveness and affordability of alternative health care services, servicing mostly women (65%) and a significant number of unemployed folks and non government and people’s organization development workers (30%) in the National Capital Region.
  • More recently, INAM was responsible for the formulation of competency standards, code of ethics, and accreditation system for acupuncture and tuina for physicians and non-medical practitioners for PITAHC and TESDA. INAM, together with Medical Action Group (MAG), lobbied for the Paient’s Rights Bill that included the right of patients to access traditional and alternative medicine.
  • INAM, together with MAG, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines and the Commission on Human Rights, are engaged on a joint research to formulate indicators on the right to health based on its normative contents and to identify gaps/limitations in the formulated indicators based on the normative contents.
  • INAM Philippines is recognized and is tapped by the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) of the Department of Health (DOH) as resource persons on alternative health care modalities especially acupuncture.
  • INAM has been tapped to draft the competency standards and code of ethics for the practice of acupuncture and tui na massage by PITAHC. INAM through Dr Jennifer Madamba facilitated the public hearings for these standards and ethics, as well as, the development and setting up of the National Accreditation Committees for Acupuncture and Tuina Massage Therapy.
  • INAM Philippines has linkages with the Acupuncture College of Australia, which has been absorbed into the University of Technology of Sydney. It maintains informal ties with the Thai Nguyen Medical College of Vietnam and key persons in the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) in the USA. It has kept relationships with a respected faculty of the New England School of Acupuncture and a senior instructor of International Healing Tao Center.
  • INAM has forged formal linkages with the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York City, U.S.A. and with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).
  • INAM Philippines is formally endorsed by Catholic Social Action Center through the Episcopal Commission on Health of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). It is occasionally invited to give talks regarding its programs through the Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF).
  • Partner institutions of the former ATRC were church programs. Protestant church programs were the Marina Clinic of Silliman University in Negros Oriental and College of Maasin in Leyte. Catholic church programs included St. Paul College of Tuguegarao, Cagayan; the Social Action Center of Pampanga; the Apostles of Contemporary Times in Infanta, Quezon; Holy Family Parish c/o the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in GMA, Cavite; the Social Action Center of Marinduque; the Vicarial Indigenous Peoples Apostolate in Mindoro Occidental; Missionary Sisters of Mary in Butuan, Agusan del Sur; and the Missionary Sisters of the Assumption in Davao City. INAM continues to follow up these programs for partnership in its new strategic directions.
  • INAM has sustained its partnership with the Asian Health Institute (AHI) of Nisshin City, Aichi Perfecture, Japan. AHI has provided several INAM staff scholarship on International Leadership Development course and has involved INAM’s participation in the 2010 National Health Assembly in Thailand.
  • INAM Philippines is an active member of the Philippine Misereor Partners (PMP) NCR National Cluster on Health and People with Disabilities and also a member of the PMP NCR Urban Cluster.
  • INAM is an accredited non-government organization of the Quezon City Council since 2006 with current certificate number 2010-439.
  • INAM is an accredited Social Welfare Agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for implementing the”Community-Based Programs and Services for Marginalized Individuals, Families and Communities” with Accreditation Number: DSWD-SB-A-000184-2009 valid until October 4, 2012.
  • INAM is an accredited Training Center for Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) courses by the Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC)- Department of Health.