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Member Spotlight: AIHM

This post was provided by GHC Member, AIHM 

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AIHM is a membership-based organization and the leading provider of inter-professional education to health professionals in Integrative Health & Medicine.

As an organization, AIHM leaders believe that global health professionals must consider the social conditions that perpetuate disease, the undeniable connection that exists between the health of our planet and ourselves, the empowerment of people to be involved in decisions that involve their health, and the use of safe, lower-cost interventions for the prevention and, when appropriate, treatment of disease.

“Integrative Medicine” (IM), or as AIHM favors, “Integrative Health & Medicine” (IHM), is a practice that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches. Integrative health and medicine aims to offer best practices for optimal health and healing. According to AIHM, the integrative approach is, by its very nature, inter-professional.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Tabatha Parker, ND, AIHM Director of Education.

Dr. Parker is a global agent and connector. In 2015, she was named Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Last year, she also received an honorary naturopathic degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and was given the highest honor in naturopathy, “Magister Natura” from Spain for her work advancing naturopathy globally.

Dr. Parker came to the AIHM after establishing a track record of success in Global Health Education and Policy. She was the founding co-chair of the Masters in Global Health at National College of Natural Medicine, the first global health masters offered at a naturopathic medical school, and was previously on faculty at Bastyr University. She is the interim co-secretary general of the World Naturopathic Federation, and worked with the World Health Organization on the WHO Benchmarks for Training in Naturopathy.

Dr. Parker co-founded and was the Executive Director for nearly a decade of Natural Doctors International (NDI), the first and oldest naturopathic global health organization. Her clinical work in Nicaragua on women’s empowerment, cervical cancer screening has been ground breaking. In 2012, she became the first naturopathic physician to graduate as a Faculty Development Scholar from Dr. Ellen Beck’s University of California San Diego’s program, Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved. As president of NDI, she signed an MOU with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to work together with PAHO, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health and universities like Utne Reader to help research and implement integrative and traditional medicine into the Nicaraguan national system as outlined in the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023.

Dr. Parker is naturally funny, unceasingly direct and a true visionary spirit. As an activist for the integrative medicine global health community, she believes holistic healthcare is a human right and works for parity for healthcare providers and full access for all patients to holistic medicine. In her spare time, she loves to dance, sing, and laugh with her husband and two children in Miami, Florida. She is much loved by her AIHM teammates who are deeply inspired by her passion and compassion.

Dr. Parker and AIHM welcomes GHC members to learn more about the Academy and its work at In 2016, there are two conferences where you can connect directly. The International Congress in Stuttgart, Germany (June 9-11) and the AIHM Annual Conference, People, Planet, Purpose, in San Diego, CA (Oct. 30 – Nov. 3).

Inspiring Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development – 2016 Edition

This guest blog was provided by GHC partner, Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF)

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Humanitarian stakeholders face a number of interconnected current or emerging challenges, including climate change, ever-growing refugee crisis, as well as water scarcity and food insecurity. Science and technological innovations play a critical role in contributing to effective aid delivery and enabling efficient disaster response and development programmes.

As part of the annual update of the guide to “Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development”, the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF), together with the Technology Exchange Lab, have researched latest technologies and innovations, which can help humanitarian actors to mitigate the future implications of these challenges.

With over 300 solutions nominated by NGOs, local governments, UN agencies and the private sector working in 58 different countries, the guide offers an updated list of cutting-edge technologies and products which support Sustainable Development Goals, aid delivery and disaster relief efforts across the globe.

On behalf of AIDF, we would like to thank everyone for their participation in our recent survey and congratulate organisations which made it in the 2016 edition of the guide. The solutions span from earth-imaging satellites and 3D printing to sustainable innovations in basic sanitation, shelter and nutrition.

We hope this guide will inspire new solutions to improve humanitarian aid delivery and shape brighter future outcomes. To read the 2016 edition of “Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development,” please click here.  To see 2015 edition of the guide, click here.

If you are interested in hearing more about these innovations and humanitarian solutions, or you have one to suggest, attending our upcoming AIDF events will provide you with access to our sought-after round table discussions, innovation pitches from selected solution providers and networking opportunities  with stakeholders from regional governments, investors, donors, UN agencies, NGOs, research institutes and the private sector.

Find out more and register to attend:

>> AIDF Asia Summit, Bangkok, 21-22 June 2016
>> AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit, Washington DC, 7-8 September 2016
>> AIDF Africa, Addis Ababa, February 2017

For more information, please contact Alina O’Keeffe, Marketing Manager, AIDF

Feedback from the Civil Society Hearing in support of the preparatory process towards the High Level meeting on HIV/AIDS

This blog was written by Marielle Hart, and provided by GHC Member, International HIV/AIDS Alliance

From June 8-10, 2016,  a High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS which take place in New York, in which UN Member States will review the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration on Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations of 2006 and 2011 and adopt a new Political Declaration which will include commitments to end AIDS by 2030 as one of the key targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.

As Member States are starting their negotiations on the zero draft of the Political Declaration (which is expected to be released on Monday, April 18), a civil society hearing was organized to provide civil society with an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities in the AIDS response, to demonstrate the strength, diversity and commitment of civil society, and to highlight the special challenges faced by civil society and other stakeholders in the field. A wide range of civil society speakers spoke in 4 panels: 1) financing the AIDS response and the cost of inaction; 2) who is being left in the AIDS response? 3) innovation and new and improved tools, approaches, and policies; and 4) the role of community responses for resilient health systems.

Powerful interventions were made on the need for financing the response. As UNAIDS Executive Director pointed out: funding is key! We have not ended AIDS, big challenges remain and we have a crisis right now. This is our opportunity to reach all affected communities, to leave no-one behind and ensure a fully funded response. Others talked about the need for meaningful inclusion of People Living with HIV and AIDS and key populations, the importance of scaling up prevention and treatment services for all and of investing in communities, the need to address the challenges around intellectual property and TRIPS and to ensure responsible transition as donors pull out of middle income countries and civil society organizations see themselves confronted with serious lack of funding.  Creating an enabling environment for all that removes barriers and results in human dignity was an issue of key concern as well.

It is  important to take into account the external environment in which the High Level Meeting will take place.  UN Member States adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Framework in 2015, which includes an ambitious target to end AIDS by 2030. And UNAIDS has calculated that we need US$ 26.2 billion in 2020 to reach the UNAIDS 2020 fast-track targets. At current levels, this means a gap of US$ 5 billion globally. However, the current global political environment in which the HLM is happening is challenging: the global humanitarian crisis, the decline of official development assistance (ODA) and the international currency depreciation, the increase in conservatism, forthcoming elections in many countries, decreases in AIDS activism, and diminishing spaces for civil society globally, all pose a substantial threat to the adoption of an HLM Outcome Document that mobilizes the political and financial resources needed to achieve the fast-track targets and bring an end to AIDS.

Another important concern is the de-prioritization of AIDS in the global agenda. AIDS is just one of a number of targets under an overarching health goal in the SDG Framework, which gives it much less prominence than in the Millennium Development Goals, where AIDS had a dedicated goal (MDG 6). The political shift towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and a more integrated global development agenda could lead to a decrease in HIV-specific resources which will impact our ability to achieve the fast-track targets. Especially in the fast-track period, we need an increased investment in AIDS while working towards a stronger embedding of HIV in broader health, drug policy and development agendas.

It is crucial to engage with Member States including New York Missions and governments in capitals in the weeks ahead to influence the zero draft and to ensure that the HLM outcome mobilizes the political and financial resources needed to bring an end to AIDS and does not exclude anyone.

The official report of the civil society hearing will be finalized soon. It will be shared with the HLM Co-facilitators (the New York based Ambassadors of Switzerland and Zambia) to provide input into the HLM negotiations.

Zika Emergency Funding

Last week, the White House requested that unobligated Ebola funding be reprogrammed to combat the Zika virus. The President had previously requested $1.9 billion emergency funding, but the request had stalled as Republican appropriators pushed for the use of unobligated funds. It is unclear which accounts the funding will come from. It is expected that approximately $140 million will go to the Department of State and USAID.

FY17 Appropriations Update

This week, the Senate released the spending allocations, known as 302(b), for the 12 appropriations bills. The State Foreign Operations appropriations bill (which funds the majority of the International Affairs budget) received $52.1 billion for FY17, down about 1% ($600 million) from the current levels. The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill received $161.9 billion. The House has only released an allocation one appropriations bill due to the lack of a formal agreement on a budget or topline spending limits.