This document is the report of a WHO/DANIDA supported course on appropriate methodology for the selection and use of traditional remedies in national health care programs. The course, held in Kadoma, Zimbabwe from 26 June to 6 July 1989, was hosted by the Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe. The participants were scientists, traditional practitioners, and health officials from Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. All of the participants are involved in the planning and conducting of scientific and clinical studies of traditional remedies and natural products.
The report describes briefly the design and content of the course. It provides a brief summary of the rationale for the development of WHO's programme on traditional medicine. It also gives an account of the situation in the countries represented, outlines the responses of the participant evaluations, and concludes with general comments on the course as well as the participants' proposals for future activities in traditional medicine and the use of medicinal plants.