UNESCO Meet Boosts Traditional Medicine
IPS, 12 September 2012

PARIS, FRANCE: Traditional medicine and its ethical implications was one of the focus areas addressed by UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC), meeting from 10-14 September 2012, in Paris, France. As UNESCO experts pointed out, traditional medicine has existed for centuries and stood the test of time. “The challenge is now to establish bridges between traditional medicine and conventional medicine,” said Pilar Alvarez-Laso, UNESCO’s assistant director-general for social and human sciences and secretary-general of the IBC. While acceptance levels differ around the globe, Singapore for instance has university courses in traditional medicine as well as clear regulation of the sector. Both Kenya and Zambia are putting together guidelines for traditional medicine while trying to learn from indigenous knowledge systems. Read the article …