Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine in Cameroon : a great leap towards SDG 3 and UHC

25 July, 2020

*Dear HIFA colleagues*,

According to the WHO 80 percent of Africans rely on traditional and complementary medicine. In 2019, the WHO published a Global report on traditional and complementary medicine which reveals that 88 percent of its 170 member states have acknowledged their use of T and CM. So T and CM is more widespread than we might have thought and the COVID19 pandemic has shown it as well. Therefore, T and CM is an important element in the attainment of SDG 3 and UHC.

Cameroon is one of Africa's richest pharmacopeia. Many important works with respect to T and CM have been done for the highly prevalent illness from HIV to Hep B/C and sickle anemia.

It is my pleasure to announce that Cameroon is getting more determined in its actions to develop T and CM.

On the 21st of July 2020, *The Minister of Public Health Dr Manaouda Malachie held a concertation meeting on traditional medicine* *with representatives from the : Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation (MINRESI) , Institute de recherche medicales et plantes médicinale (IMPM) , WHO, researchers and traditional medicine practitioners.*

The outcome of the meeting lead to :

- the creation of a multisectorial working group of government actors and their partners (MINSANTE, MINRESI, MINESUP, MINAC , IMPM, UNESCO and WHO) which will be opened to researchers and traditional medicine practitioners;

- acceleration of the preliminary bill on the practice of traditional medicine in Cameroon ;

- elaboration of a strategic development plan of traditional medicine as well as an operational plan based on ME.

The Minister of Public Health, *Dr Manaouda Malachie* during this meeting expressed the predispositions of the Cameroonian government to support AM.

It follows however that there is a great need to build a robust case definition of the terms TM, AM and CM in these processes and integrate mental health treatment as well, so as to effectively lead to SDG 3 and UHC2030.

Best Wishes,

Didier Demassosso

HIFA Country Representative For Cameroon

HIFA special commendation 2019

HIFA CR Award 2014

Mental health advocate

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Didier Demassosso

Mental Health Expert

HIFA Country Representative For Cameroon

HIFA Country representative of the year 2014

MHIN Africa Knowledge Exchange volunteer assistant

Member of the African Evidence Network (AEN)

Cameroon Human Right Fellow 2017

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HIFA profile: Didier Demassosso is a School Counsellor at the Ministry of Secondary Education in Cameroon. HIFA Country Representative For Cameroon/HIFA Country Represenative of the year 2014 and Mental Health Worker. Professional interests: Health Promotion, Mental Health Promotion, School mental health promotion, School health promotion, Mobile Health, Mental health, Public health, Public mental health, Trauma, Environment,the mind, ICT, Culture, Adolescent/Child health, Maternal health. He is a HIFA Country Representative.

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