Implementing WHO’s Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023

EUROCAM, CAMbrella and the World Health Organisation (WHO) held a workshop in Stuttgart on 11 June 2016, during the International Congress for Integrative Health and Medicine, regarding implementing the WHO’s Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-23.

The two key speakers were:

  • Dr Zhang QI, responsible for Traditional and Complementary Medicine at WHO
  • Dr Peter Fisher, Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine
  • And Dr Ton Nicolai (EUROCAM spokesman), who moderated the meeting

The goals of the WHO’s Traditional Medicine Strategy are to support Member States in harnessing the potential contribution of TM to health, wellness and people-centred health care, and promoting the safe and effective use of TM by regulating, researching and integrating TM products, practitioners and practice into health systems (where appropriate).

The workshop itself was intended to address three main objectives, which were:

  1. to build the knowledge base for active management of T&CM through appropriate national policies;
  2. to strengthen quality assurance, safety, proper use and effectiveness of T&CM by regulating products, practices and practitioners;
  3. 
to promote universal health coverage by integrating T&CM services appropriately into health service delivery and self-health care.

Dr Zhang Qi (pictured) addressed several actions endorsed by the WHO, especially the normative processes, such as the one enhanced by ECH through the CEN standardisation, which have been acknowledged as major advances.

Dr Peter Fisher stressed the need and the relevance to see Traditional Medicine integrated within the Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care.

The successful future of Homeopathy could be contained in these statements.