Thirty-eighth session


Traditional Medicine

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the report of the Regional Director; *

         Recalling resolutions WHA30.49, WHA31.33, WHA40.33 and WPR/RC36.R6;

         Recognizing that traditional medicine, herbal medicine and acupuncture in particular, may be of value for utilization in the health services;

         Commending the work done on the standardization of acupuncture nomenclature;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1)  to establish or further develop programmes on traditional medicine in the light of their specific needs and circumstances;
    (2)  to undertake research in regard to traditional medicine, particularly in the following areas:
    (a)  inventory surveys of medicinal plants;
    (b)  the quality control of traditional drugs;
    (c)  evaluation of the safety and efficacy of traditional medicine, based on the concepts of both modem and traditional medicine:
    (d)  the cost-effectiveness of traditional medicine;
    (3)  to strengthen training in traditional medicine for different categories of health personnel;
    (4)  to share experience and information in regard to traditional medicine freely with one another;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1)  to cooperate with Member States in the formulation and implementation of traditional medicine programmes;
    (2)  to undertake work in relation to standardization of the terminology used in herbal medicine;
    (3)  to support information exchange on traditional medicine among Member States through a network of collaborating centres and participating institutes as well as through publications and scientific meetings.

* WPR/RC38/14

14 September 1987

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