New WHO report on Traditional & Complementary Medicine
"In an ideal world, traditional medicine would be an option offered by a well-functioning, people-centred health system that balances curative services with preventive care”.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisatuion (WHO)
In the foreword of the new WHO report, he goes on to say:
Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) is an important and often underestimated health resource with many applications, especially in the prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and in meeting the health needs of ageing populations.
Many countries are seeking to expand coverage of essential health services at a time when consumer expectations for care are rising, costs are soaring, and most budgets are either stagnant or being reduced. Given the unique health challenges of the 21st century, interest in T&CM is undergoing a revival.
The report shows that 170 or 88% of all WHO Member States acknowledge the use of T&CM. A consistent upward trend in the number of Member States officially engaging with T&CM to optimally harness its potential contribution to health and well-being.
However, compared to other continents, the European region lags far behind when it comes to national policies and programmes on T&CM, laws or regulations for T&CM, let alone national research institutes for T&CM.
Iran, India, China, Turkey, Curaçao, Ghana and Cuba presented overviews on the integration of Traditional & Complementary Medicine (T&CM ) into their national healthcare systems. Below are some very interesting research projects showing how the aforementioned countries are leading to the way in bringing Homeopathy into the mainstream: