Management of herbalnet digital repository : report of the intercountry workshop, Bangkok, 14-15 June 2011
AbstractHerbal medicine (HM) and traditional medicine (TM) are widely used in all countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region in promoting health, preventing disease, treating illnesses and rehabilitation. There is increasing demand for medicinal plants, both in developing and developed countries. A regional networking of TM institutes in the Region was established in 2008 for the purpose of information exchange and inter-institutional cooperation in the use of HM in primary health care and sharing evidence-based information on safety, efficacy and quality of herbal and traditional medicine. The Information Management and Dissemination Unit of WHO SEARO, in consultation with the Traditional Medicine Programme launched a website called HerbalNet in September 2009. A total of 145 collaborating institutes in countries of the Region have agreed to participate in sharing information. For this purpose, country officials need to be trained to enable them to efficiently manage information through HerbalNet. It is also vitally important that country officials are empowered to manage the website, a participatory approach that was originally envisaged to make the website a success in sharing and disseminating information. SEA-TB-335 Well-functioning national TB control programmes in the Region have resulted in low levels (Range: 1.7- 4.2%) of multidrug-resistance (MDR) among newly detected cases. Among the previously treated cases in the Region, MDR-TB rates range from 10.0 - 34.7%. However, given the large numbers of TB cases in the SEA Region, this translates to 130 000 MDR-TB cases (110 000-170 000) accounting for nearly one third of the world's total.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Management of herbalnet digital repository : report of the intercountry workshop, Bangkok, 14-15 June 2011. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205450