WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023
(2013; 76 pages) [Arabic] [Chinese] [French] [Italian] [Russian] [Spanish]


The WHA resolution on Traditional Medicine (WHA62.13), adopted in 2009, requested the WHO Director-General to update the WHO Traditional medicine strategy 2002-2005, based on countries’ progress and current new challenges in the field of traditional medicine. The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 thus reappraises and builds on the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002–2005, and sets out the course for TM and CM (T&CM) in the next decade.

Much has changed since the previous global strategy was published in 2002. Governments and consumers are interested in more than herbal medicines, and are now beginning to consider aspects of T&CM practices and practitioners and whether they should be integrated into health service delivery.

The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 will help health care leaders to develop solutions that contribute to a broader vision of improved health and patient autonomy. The strategy has two key goals: to support Member States in harnessing the potential contribution of T&CM to health, wellness and people-centred health care and to promote the safe and effective use of T&CM through the regulation of products, practices and practitioners. These goals will be reached by implementing three strategic objectives:

  1. 1) building the knowledge base and formulating national policies;
  2. 2) strengthening safety, quality and effectiveness through regulation; and,
  3. 3) promoting universal health coverage by integrating T&CM services and self-health care into national health systems.

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