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WHO's position on traditional medicine

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WHO has made clear its position

WHO's position on traditional medicine. The World Health Organization -WHO published on Monday 04 may 2020 a press release. It clarifies its position on traditional medicine, notably on the Covid-Organics. It supports traditional medicine based on scientific evidence.

WHO recognises that traditional medicine, complementary and alternative has many benefits.

As she pointed out, Africa has a long history of traditional medicine and traditional health practitioners.. They play an important role in the care of people.

Artemisia Annua – possible treatments for Covid-19

She acknowledged that medicinal plants such as Artemisia Annua are considered possible treatments for COVID-19. But tests should be carried out to assess their effectiveness and determine their adverse effects.

“Africans deserve to use drugs tested to the standards that apply to medicines manufactured for people in the rest of the world.

Even when treatments come from traditional practice and nature, it is essential to establish their efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials.”

Requirement for relevant research

WHO pointed out that African governments, through their Ministers of Health, adopted a resolution on traditional medicine, during the fiftieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa held in 2000. In this resolution, we invited Member States to generate evidence. This is security data, the effectiveness and quality of traditional medicine.

Countries were also invited to conduct relevant research. And they had to ask national pharmaceutical regulators to approve drugs in accordance with international standards. In particular, they recommend that the product follow a strict research protocol and be tested, as well as clinical trials.

These studies normally involve hundreds of people. They were carried out under the supervision of national pharmaceutical regulators. And they are carried out for a few months as part of an expedited process.

WHO works with research institutes to select products from traditional pharmacopoeia. Investigations can be conducted to determine their clinical efficacy and safety in the treatment of COVID-19.


WHO has pointed out that over the past two decades, it has worked with countries to ensure the safe and effective development of traditional medicine in Africa. It provides financial resources and technical support for this purpose.

She has supported clinical trials. What led to 14 countries to issue marketing authorizations for 89 products derived from traditional pharmacopoeia. These are products that meet established international and national certification standards.

Forty-three of these products have been placed on national lists of essential medicines. They are now part of the arsenal to treat patients with a wide range of diseases. There's malaria, opportunistic HIV-related infections, Diabetes, sickle cell disease and high blood pressure.

WHO's position on traditional medicine – Call for caution

This press release also explains that at a time when efforts are being made to find treatment for COVID-19, caution must remain in order not to pour into misinformation, especially on social media, about the effectiveness of some remedies.

"Many plants and substances are proposed when they do not meet minimum quality standards, safety and efficacy and there is no evidence to support compliance with these standards.. »

According to her,, use of products for the treatment of COVID-19, but have not been the subject of strict investigations, can put people at risk and prevent them from implementing measures such as hand washing and physical distancing, which are cardinal elements of COVID-19 prevention. It can also increase the use of self-medication and increase the risk to patient safety.

WHO welcomes every opportunity to work with countries and researchers to develop new treatments, and encourages such collaboration in the development of effective and safe therapies that can be used in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

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