The Lancet: WHO's new vision for traditional medicine (2)

2 September, 2023

With reference to the Lancet article on traditional mediine, one common misperception around traditional medicine is that it is an issue only for developing countries. In fact, “Canada, France, Germany and Italy... report that between 70% and 90% of their populations have used traditional medicines under the titles “complementary”, “alternative”, or “nonconventional” (WHO 2011). Indeed, according to WHO’s Global report on traditional and complementary medicine 20191, “Based on current information, 88% Member States have acknowledged their use of T&CM, which corresponds to 170 Member States. These are the countries that have, for example, formally developed policies, laws, regulations, programmes and offices for T&CM, and the actual number of countries using T&CM is likely to be even higher.”



HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, which supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. He is the elected Vice President (and President-in-Waiting) of the World Association of Medical Editors. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. He served on WHO's Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. He also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. Chris has been a director of the UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). chris AT His publications are at and and his blogs are and