Resolutions

WPR/RC62.R4

Traditional Medicine

The Regional Committee,

Acknowledging that traditional medicine is widely used in the Western Pacific Region;

Recognizing the wide diversity of traditional medicine in the Region, the different levels of development of traditional medicine, and the varying extent to which traditional medicine is included in national health systems;

Giving due consideration to the Beijing Declaration, adopted by the WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine, November 2008, and specific actions related to traditional medicine in the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (WHA61.21);

Acknowledging the progress that many Member States have achieved in legislation, regulation, national policy development, training, research and standardization of traditional medicine in the Region since the publication of the first Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific, covering the period 2001 to 2010;

Respecting each Member State’s obligations to its own national capacities, priorities, relevant legislation and circumstances;

Taking note of relevant WHO guidelines related to safety monitoring of traditional medicines and other consumer protections;

Having considered the draft Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific (2011–2020),

1. ENDORSES the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific
(2011–2020);

2. URGES Member States:

(1) to use, where appropriate, the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific (2011–2020) as a framework for the development of national traditional medicine programmes, in accordance with national circumstances, including relevant legislation;

(2) to strengthen the evidence base for traditional medicine and promote its safe and effective use;

(3) to consider including traditional medicine in their national health systems, as appropriate;

(4) to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among practitioners of traditional medicine and Western medicine;

(5) to strengthen cooperation with Member States, particularly in the areas of information sharing, research, and regulatory standards for practice and products, consistent with national legislation and relevant international obligations;

3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:

(1) to support Member States and collaborate with stakeholders in supporting implementation of the Regional Strategy for Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific (2011–2020);

(2) to report to the Regional Committee regularly on the implementation of the Strategy.

Seventh meeting, 13 October 2011


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