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Title: Development of traditional medicine in the South-East Asia Region : report of a regional consultative meeting, 22-24 June 2005, Pyongyang, DPR Korea
Authors: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Place of publication: New Delhi
Language: English
Abstract: The Regional Consultation on Development of Traditional Medicine (TM) in the South-East Asia Region (SEA) was convened in Pyongyang, DPR Korea from 22-24 June 2005 at the invitation of the Ministry of Public Health, DPR Korea. The developmental objective of the meeting was to strengthen the development of traditional medicine as a part of the national health system in countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region. The specific objects were to: (1) Strengthen development of traditional medicine as part of the national health system. (2) Prepare an outline of workplan for intercountry collaboration where assistance from the Regional Office is needed; and, (3) Prepare a generic outline for writing monographs on the Use of Traditional Medicine in Primary Healthy Care. The Report describes country presentations on five themes; namely, (1) the use of TM in national health systems; (2) Roles of the public and the private sectors in traditional medicine development; (3) Production of traditional medicine; (4) Capacity building in traditional medicine: education and research, and (5) Traditional medicine and health for all. An account of one-day field trip programme focusing on the use of traditional medicine in primary, secondary and tertiary levels of health care is also provided. Up to 70% of TM was being used at the primary health care level while the reverse is the case at the tertiary level of health care. The report has six conclusions covering the rich heritage of TM in countries of the SEA Region, increased utilization of TM, the need for databases in TM, and scarcity of resources for programmes and research. It also contains 13 recommendations covering the following areas: (1) the use of TM in national health system; (2) Increase in financial resources for implementation of TM; (3) Preservation of TM knowledge; (4) Exchange of information; (5) Regulation and control; (6) Cultivation, collection and protection of endangered species, and (7) Development of evidence-based information.
Gov't Doc #: SEA-Trad. Med.-84
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