Regional Consultation on Development of Traditional Medicine in South-East Asia Region, Report of a Regional Consultative Meeting, New Delhi, 14 – 17 September 1999
(1999; 43 pages)

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The Ministers of Health of the South-East Asia Region during their meeting in September 1998 had strongly emphasized that the rich heritage of traditional medicine in the countries of the Region was a resource which should be used more effectively in implementing primary health care. There is a need to share information among countries about the use of medicinal plants, their safety and efficacy, and how to exploit a vast and increasing potential for export of such plants from the Region. There is also a need to strengthen national centres of expertise in traditional medicine and to designate more WHO collaborating centres in order to strengthen regional and intercountry cooperation.

A Regional Consultation on Development of Traditional Medicine in the South-East Asia Region was held in the WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO), New Delhi, from 14 to 17 September 1999. The objectives of the meeting were as follows:

General Objective:

To promote the development and strengthening of national traditional medicine programmes and district health systems in the countries of the South-East Asia Region.

Specific Objectives:

  1. To discuss national policy and strategy for the development and use of traditional medicine.
  2. To strengthen traditional medicine (TRM) programmes and identify their possible role in the district health system (DHS)/primary health care (PHC).
  3. To strengthen the involvement of WHO collaborating centres and national centres of expertise on TRM and PHC in improving DHS.
  4. To identify areas and topics for operational research that would help in achieving the above specific objectives.
 
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