The World Health Organization (WHO) has established a global centre for traditional medicine, which aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and technology, to improve the health of people and the planet.
It is estimated that around 80 per cent of the world’s population uses traditional medicine. To date, 170 of the 194 WHO Member States have reported the use of traditional treatments, and their governments have asked for the WHO’s support in creating a body of reliable evidence and data on traditional practices and products.
The new WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine will be established in India and is supported by funding of USD $250 million from the Indian government.
“For many millions of people around the world, traditional medicine is the first port of call to treat many diseases,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Ensuring all people have access to safe and effective treatment is an essential part of WHO’s mission, and this new centre will help to harness the power of science to strengthen the evidence base for traditional medicine.”