WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy: 2002-2005
(2002; 70 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentAcronyms, abbreviations and WHO Regions
Open this folder and view contentsKey points: WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002 - 2005
Open this folder and view contentsChapter One: Global review
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Two: Challenges
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Three: The current role of WHO
Open this folder and view contentsChapter Four: International and national resources for traditional medicine
Close this folderChapter Five: Strategy and plan of action 2002 - 2005
View the document5.1 Policy: Integrate TM/CAM with national health care systems, as appropriate, by developing and implementing national TM/CAM policies and programmes
View the document5.2 Safety, efficacy and quality: Promote the safety, efficacy and quality of TM/CAM by expanding the knowledge-base on TM/CAM, and by providing guidance on regulatory and quality assurance standards
View the document5.3 Access: Increase the availability and affordability of TM/CAM, as appropriate, with an emphasis on access for poor populations
View the document5.4 Rational use: Promote therapeutically sound use of appropriate TM/CAM by providers and consumers
View the documentAnnex One: List of WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine
Open this folder and view contentsAnnex Two: Selected WHO publications and documents on traditional medicine
View the documentReferences
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5.3 Access: Increase the availability and affordability of TM/CAM, as appropriate, with an emphasis on access for poor populations

Components

• Recognition of role of TM/CAM practitioners in health care. Promote recognition of role of TM/CAM practitioners in health care by encouraging interaction and dialogue between TM/CAM practitioners and allopathic practitioners.

• Protection of medicinal plants. Promote sustainable use and cultivation of medicinal plants.

WHO strategy

Most countries that suffer from widespread malaria, HIV/AIDS and other common communicable diseases have less than US$ 15 per capita per year to spend on health. In some countries only US$ 0.75 per capita per year is available for drugs expenditure. WHO will explore the potential for using accessible and affordable TM/CAM resources to combat common communicable diseases. This will include research into the most effective herbal medicines, and encouraging governments to develop strategies for protecting wild populations of medicinal plants and sustainable cultivation of such plants. (This will contribute not only to access to health care, but also to protecting the environment and generating income.) Protection of indigenous TM knowledge relating to health and equitable sharing of its benefits will be promoted within the context of any research undertaken.

WHO will also encourage dialogue and interaction between TM/CAM practitioners and allopathic practitioners to promote recognition of the role of TM/CAM in health care provision. In developing countries it will work with TM practitioners associations and NGOs so that the role of TM practitioners in preventing and managing common communicable diseases is optimized.

Critical indicatork

Strategy objective

Number of WHO African Member States reporting professional recognition of TM practitioners/Total number of WHO African Member States

1999
status

2005
target

African WHO Member States with professional recognition of TM practitioners

21/46

45%

60%

k Data is available for the African region only.

Expected outcomes for 2002 - 2005

• Criteria and indicators, where possible, to measure cost-effectiveness and equitable access to TM.

• Increased provision of appropriate TM/CAM through national health services.

• Increased number of national organizations of TM providers.

• Guidelines for good agriculture practice in relation to medicinal plants.

• Sustainable use of medicinal plant resources.

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