WHA62.13 - Traditional Medicine. WHA Resolution; Sixty-second World Health Assembly, 2009
(2009; 3 pages) [Arabic] [Chinese] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]


REQUESTS the Director-General:

  1. to provide support to Member States, as appropriate and upon request, in implementing the Beijing Declaration on Traditional Medicine;
  2. to update the WHO traditional medicine strategy 2002–2005, based on countries’ progress and current new challenges in the field of traditional medicine;
  3. to give due consideration to the specific actions related to traditional medicine in the implementation of the Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property and the WHO global strategy for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases;
  4. to continue providing policy guidance to countries on how to integrate traditional medicine into health systems, especially to promote, where appropriate, the use of traditional/indigenous medicine for primary health care, including disease prevention and health promotion, in line with evidence of safety, efficacy and quality taking into account the traditions and customs of indigenous peoples and communities;
  5. to continue providing technical guidance to support countries in ensuring the safety, efficacy and quality of traditional medicine; considering the participation of peoples and communities and taking into account their traditions and customs;
  6. to strengthen cooperation with WHO collaborating centres, research institutions and nongovernmental organizations in order to share evidence-based information taking into account the traditions and customs of indigenous peoples and communities; and to support training programmes for national capacity building in the field of traditional medicine.
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