The extent of global health issues requires continued efforts and new, innovative approaches, while preserving national customs and ensuring a better usage of traditional health methods.
The role of traditional medicine was acknowledged at the WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine (China, 2008) that adopted the “Beijing Declaration”, a set of guidelines to integrating traditional medicine into national health systems. WHO developed and launched the Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 aimed to support Member States in developing proactive policies and implementing action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy.
Meanwhile, stakeholders were invited to collaborate in implementing the “Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property”, adopted at the 61st World Health Assembly (2008), where Member States endorsed a strategy to promote new thinking in innovation and access to medicines. The new strategy would encourage needs-driven rather than purely market-driven research to target diseases and conditions which particularly affect people in developing countries.
HHO believes in the value of traditional medicines in delivering the needed solutions. HHO works with partners in traditional medicine from different regions of the world in promoting awareness, products, and medical or health styles in this field.
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