Traditional Medicine in Developing Countries Research Paper

A look at the challenges of traditional medicine in developing countries.
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This paper examines where and why traditional medicine is popular, with an emphasis on its benefits and risks. Additionally, it considers the international policies on traditional and complimentary medicine focusing on how developing countries integrate it in their national health strategies. The paper also addresses access of traditional medicine for the populations of developing nations and the increasing use of complementary medicine in industrialized countries. This includes a discussion on why traditional medicine is so widespread in the Third World. Then, the paper explores the advantages and risks of traditional medicine. Finally, the paper makes recommendations for international and national strategies on traditional medicine.


Traditional Medicine: Advantages and Risks
From Global Recommendations to National Strategies: Integrating Traditional Medicine to Health Care Policies

From the Paper:

"The topic raises many issues and challenges. In most part of the developing world, traditional medicine has been the most used form of medicine for centuries; while today, new trends are showing an increase in the consumption of traditional medicine derived products in developed countries as well. The expansive use of traditional medicine thus raises questions on its effectiveness and the risks it may cause.
Indeed, the widespread utilization of such "obscure" medicine often raises scepticism: traditional medicine is actually little known and preconceived ideas both positive and negative generally prevail. Yet, most specialists show traditional medicine actually plays a highly positive role in developing countries and insist its place must be extended in health systems there. Thus, the WHO promotes its greater use particularly in developing countries and the improvement of its quality all over the world.
"Where and why is traditional medicine popular? What are the benefits and risks of traditional medicine? What do international policies recommend on TM/CAM and how do developing countries integrate it in their national health strategies?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lowri Angharad Rees " 25. Face aux defis des systemes publics de sante, quel role pour la medecine traditionnelle dans les pays en developpement ? ", in Sante internationale , Presses de Sciences Po, 2011, p. 337-345
  • Elisabeth Benoit, " Les changements climatiques : vulnerabilite, impacts et adaptation dans le monde de la medecine traditionnelle au Burkina Faso ", VertigO - la revue electronique en sciences de l'environnement, 2008,
  • WHO, Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005, Geneva, WHO, 2002,
  • The importance of Traditional Medicine for WHO, Friends Of The United Nations Europe (ONLUS), 2010,
  • "Role of Traditional Medicine in Primary Health Care: An Overview of Perspectives and Challenges", Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana Yokohama Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 14 No. 6

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