3.5.1 WHO should urgently forward the Report of the Consultation to the Regional Committee for Africa and to countries in the Region, so that the recommendations made can be considered.
3.5.2 WHO should support countries to implement the recommendations made to them through:
- mobilizing extrabudgetary funding to ensure that resources be made available that are required to support the training and utilization of traditional health practitioners for primary health care, for the prevention and control of HIV infection, and for the care of AIDS patients;
- organizing workshops in countries to study the contributions of traditional health practitioners and to examine their training programmes in order to accelerate their articulation with the national health system, as well as to systematize their practices in primary health care, including the prevention and control of HIV infection and the care of AIDS patients;
- undertaking action research on traditional medicine in research and training centres, especially those centres involved in HIV/AIDS research and training.
3.5.3 WHO should support technical cooperation through the exchange of information, training, and research personnel between countries in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences of traditional medicine and AIDS research.
3.5.4 WHO should initiate operational research, which could include research on the successes and limitations of collaboration between traditional and modern health workers, especially the involvement of traditional health practitioners in selected strategies for preventing HIV infection and for counselling and caring for AIDS patients. WHO should develop research protocols, for adaptation by different countries, to facilitate evaluation, comparison, and follow-up of research results.