The Member States of PAHO early on recognized the need for an intersectoral collaboration between health and agriculture to address the zoonoses and other issues related to animal and human health interaction, such as foot-and-mouth disease. By mandate of its Governing Bodies, PAHO institutionalised the meeting of ministers of agriculture to address issues of mutual interest to both health and agriculture sectors in 1967.
RICAZ was the name of this Inter-American Meeting at
the Ministerial Level on Foot and Mouth Disease and Zoonosis Control. The 12th
meeting was held in
The RICAZ XII representatives decided to change the name of the meeting to the Inter-American Meeting at the Ministerial Level on Animal Health (RIMSA). In 1999 the name was changed again: Inter-American Meeting, at the Ministerial Level, on Health and Agriculture. The acronym RIMSA stayed in use.