African Traditional Medicine Day 2013

Today, 31 August 2013, the countries in the WHO African Region celebrate the African Traditional Medicine Day under the theme “Traditional medicine research and development”. This theme draws attention to the urgent need for research and development (R&D) to enhance the role of traditional medicine in health-care delivery.

Current WHO estimates show that for 80% of the people in the developing world, traditional medicine is the main—and sometimes the only—source of health care. In our Region, traditional medicine has strong historical and cultural origins.