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Commercialization of traditional medicine and Universal Health Coverage (8) Regulation of health care (3)

Herbal medicine has been accepted as a component of global health. The current investment going into research and development of herbal products is unprecedented. It is very sad to note that in country like Nigeria where over 80% of her population relies on herbs for daily health needs, only few of such herbs have been validated using research. In a recent study conducted in Ibadan, it was discovered that of the herbal products evaluated, only about 20% of the products were validated using clinical trial. In spite of this, over 80% of the manufacturers made various treatment claims.

Commercialization of traditional medicine and Universal Health Coverage

The main challenge remains the uncompleted effort to properly define what traditional medicine is, where it starts and stops, codifying the huge armamentorium of herbs / medicines, and how it relates to newer terminology like 'alternative medicine', 'complementary medicine' , 'herbal medicine / herbalists', 'Native doctor', etc, etc.

Community Health Worker Programmes in the WHO African Region (3)

Generally, CHW's sort themselves into two groups: older, more seasoned & settled workers who value their work and are valued by the community, and younger, often more educated and more ambitious workers. The former are often content to continue their work, and remain settled. The latter, to remain content, need opportunities for advanced training, and if adequately educated, a career ladder which may take them out of the community. 

Poster from Children for Health (5) Junior community health workers in Iraq

We have Junior community workers here in Iraq, see our website:

This approach works very well, we also have a comic book that will shortly be animated

the kids love it!

Evidence-informed country-level policymaking (60) Motivating researchers to communicate evidence for policymaking (2)

We have found that it takes a person with a communications background to develop content that is readily accessible for a policymaker… The motivation for the researcher to assist in such an endeavor should be to see the research culminate in improved health outcomes. I still think you need a communications person to bridge the divide between academic and policy worlds.



Evidence-informed country-level policymaking (58) INDEPTH Network (3) Motivating researchers to communicate evidence for policymaking

My organisation coordinates work in 53 member health research centres across Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Forum 2015 - Access to Health Research: Improving the availability of local research

As a US trained neurosurgeon supporting the training of Cambodian neurosurgery trainees since 2013, the discussion about local research is highly relevant. 

Worldwide analysis of factors associated with medicines compendia publishing

Background: Medicines compendia, also called formularies, are the most commonly used drug information source among health care professionals.

Objective: The aim was to identify the countries publishing medicines compendia and the socio-demographic factors associated to this fact. Additionally, we sought to determine the use of foreign compendia in countries lacking their own.

Setting: Global web-based survey.

The world needs a free, high-quality, independent international formulary

Please find below the abstract of a paper from 2013 that closely supports previous arguments on HIFA that there should be a high-quality, independent international formulary, similar to the British National Formulary and freely available to all prescribers and users of medicines, on the internet, on mobile phones and as a free PDF download. Universal basic information on commonly prescribed medicines, identified by their generic name, would save many lives and reduce suffering. 


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