China, India ‘should boost traditional medicine innovation’
SciDev.Net, 23 May 2011

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Government think-tanks in China and India have recommended a jointly funded initiative to strengthen traditional medicine innovations in both countries. At the International Conference on Equity and Access to Medicine: role of innovations and institutions (12-13 May 2011, New Delhi, India), India’s Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), and the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED), said the initiative could encourage industrial innovations for diseases of the poor, such as tuberculosis and leishmaniasis. “The China–India Traditional Medicine Health Impact Initiative (CITHII) aims to unite the two countries in a venture to use public money to induce the private sector to strengthen traditional medicine which serves a large part of the population in these countries,” Biswajit Dhar, director-general of RIS, told the conference. Both countries have a rich knowledge base to work from. India has a government department for the promotion of traditional medicine systems such as Ayurveda and yoga, and China has been increasing its patents, and research and development funding, for traditional Chinese medicine. Read the article …