ACUPUNCTURE THERAPEUTIC AND RESEARCH CENTER, INC. (ATRC)
In its almost 20 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.
- Played a major role in upgrading the quality of TCM education and practice in the Philippines through formulation of code of ethics, standards of practice for both medical and non-medical acupuncture practitioners.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 nongovernment and people’s organization development workers (30%) in the National Capital Region.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE FOR ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS (INAM) PHILIPPINES, INC.
- INAM was responsible for the formulation of competency standards, code of ethics, and accreditation system for Acupuncture and Tuina Massage for physicians and non-medical practitioners for PITAHC and TESDA.
- Development of integrative training approaches to integrated healing (I HEAL seminar), in modern medicine (Basic Health Skills Training-Self Instructional Models or BHST-SIMS) and in TCM (TCM Basic Theory, TCM Nutrition, TCM Herbal Medicine, Tuina Massage, Taiji, Qi Gong, and Acupuncture) as a means for concept development of Philippine integrative medicine with partner NGOs/ POs
- Conduct of 11 Consultations for Community Empowerment through Health with 140 NGO/POs attending coming mostly from the Visayas and Mindanao Islands, with information disseminated on people’s empowerment as the answer to ill effects of globalization through strengthening of their alternative health care systems supported by Philippine integrative medicine
- An initial definition and description of PIM based on experiences of community health programs with advanced practices in AHCS, with application of best practices on the management of top 5 common disease conditions in these communities and corroborated by international/ national instruments and charters on health
- Mainstreaming PIM and AHCS to critical sectors in:
Government — advocacy for traditional and alternative health care as a patient’s right in the Patient’s Rights bill at Congress and Senate the promotion and use of Philippine integrative medicine as an indicator of the right to health at the Philippine Commission on Human Rights development of competency standards, code of ethics and accreditation system on Tuina massage therapy and acupuncture for non-medical acupuncturists, including community health workers
Educational system — advocacy for incorporation of TCM healing modalities into the medical, dental, nursing, midwifery, nutrition, pharmacy, occupational and physical therapy curricula suited to the Philippine setting as a policy recommendation from WHO and PITAHC
Health practitioners — reinforcement of integration of traditional medicine as part of the competency standards of a family physician through lecture-demonstration of TCM modalities to 150 physicians during post-graduate course of UP-PGH; orientation in PIM-AHCS and short acupuncture training of total of 162 UP-PGH medical clerks, residents of University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital and government physicians, nurses, midwives and barangay health workers of Tawi-tawi and Cebu
Media — promotion of INAM advocacies and clinic services
NGOs/POs — INAM as part of referral system and integrative medicine (IM) service provider of NCR partners and networks
- INAM, together with Medical Action Group (MAG), lobbied for the Patient’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.
- Development of a Philippine Integrative Medicine (PIM) Curriculum
- Launching of a new program – Community-Based Recovery Department
- Development of Ear Acupuncture Detox Manual
- Making Integrated Health Services more affordable and accessible through revision of INAM’s Socialized Payment Scheme
- Philippine Integrative Medicine Resource Book