CITATION: Traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare: global stakeholder perspective on WHO’s current and future strategy
Tido von Schoen-Angerer et al. BMJ Global Health: https://gh.bmj.com/content/8/12/e013150
Correspondence to Dr Tido von Schoen-Angerer; email@example.com
- WHO has started drafting a new 10-year traditional medicine strategy that will be presented to the World Health Assembly for approval in 2025.
- There is a time window for stakeholders from traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare (TCIH) to reflect and provide input into the new WHO strategy.
- Our analysis draws attention to several critical areas: research; regulation of products, practitioners and practices; harnessing of TCIH approaches for health promotion, prevention and treatment; and integration into health systems.
- The authors encourage considering TCIH as a key resource in the reorientation of healthcare systems from a disease to a person-centred model.
'The essential role of traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare (TCIH) in achieving health and well-being and universal health coverage (UHC) is stated in the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy: 2014–2023 (WHO TM Strategy) and in the Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care, with its corresponding operational framework. The role of TCIH for the achievement of health and well-being for all was reemphasised at the recent WHO Traditional Medicine Summit in India...'
COMMENT (NPW): It's notable that 'this paper is written from the perspective of the People’s Declaration on Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare'. I have not read the full paper, but it's not immediately clear whether and how other (allopathic) health professionals and the wider public have been consulted. Would anyone like to comment?
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