Technical Consultation on Medium–Term Agenda on Traditional Medicine for Universal Health Coverage in the Western Pacific Region. 28–29 June 2018, Manila , Philippines
(2018; 33 pages)


The global WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023 and the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific (2011–2020) have provided strategic directions to World Health Organization (WHO) Member States in integrating traditional medicine into their national health systems, while ensuring the quality, safety and effectiveness of their services. The regional action framework Universal Health Coverage: Moving Towards Better Health also provides overall guidance on how to advance traditional medicine in moving towards universal health coverage (UHC). In line with WHO strategies, Member States in the Western Pacific Region have made significant progress in improving their regulatory systems for traditional medicine, information systems and integrated service delivery incorporating traditional medicine services. However, challenges still remain, including: lack of capacity to develop regulatory standards on traditional medicine products and practitioners, limited information to guide evidence-informed policy decisions on traditional medicine, and difficulties in developing integrated service delivery models. Therefore, in preparation for expiration of the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine (2011–2020) in 2020, the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific convened the Technical Consultation on Medium-term Agenda on Traditional Medicine for Universal Health Coverage in the Western Pacific Region on 28-29 June 2018 in Manila, Philippines, to take stock of regional progress, prioritize WHO’s support and develop concrete actions for the next five years.

Fifteen regional experts in the area of traditional medicine participated in the meeting. The participants were from Australia, Cambodia, China, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR (China), Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Solomon Islands and Viet Nam.

Aligned with the priorities identified at the In-House Consultation on the 2016–2017 Agenda for Traditional Medicine Integration in the Western Pacific Region held in November 2015 in Manila, Philippines, the following priorities were identified: strengthening regulation; improving the monitoring system; developing country-specific integrated service delivery models; and improving awareness of the policy-makers and consumers.

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