The African Health Monitor, January – June 2003. Traditional Medicine: Our Culture, Our Future
(2003; 43 pages)


It is estimated that from the cradle to the grave, about 80% of Africans rely on traditional medicine for their health care needs. Thus, from the Cape to Cairo, and from Dakar to Djibouti, Africans seek traditional health care along with, or even before approaching, modern medical services. This practice affirms the de existence of medical pluralism, irrespective of whether or not it is acknowledged at the formal level. In other words, Africans have a long tradition of using these two systems of health care, singly or in combination, thus rendering 'integration' - the formalization or incorporation of traditional medicine into national health services a reality at the grassroots level.

  • An Overview of the Traditional Medicine Situation in the African Region
  • Integration of Traditional Medicine into National Health Systems
  • Implementing the Regional Strategy on Traditional Medicine
  • Enhancing Traditional Medicine Research & Development in Africa
  • Accelerating Local Production of Traditional Medicines in Africa
  • Pharmacoeconomics of Traditional Medicine
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