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The World Health Organization in encounter with African traditional medicine: theoretical conceptions and practical strategies.
In: Ademuwagun ZA, Ayoade JA, Harrison IE, Warren DM, ed. African therapeutic systems. Waltham, Massachusetts, Crossroads Press, 1979. 182-6.In contrast with other African intergovernmental agencies that equate traditional medicine with medicinal plants, the WHO Regional Bureau in Brazzaville considers it to be a whole medical system with original concepts and practices and a public health resource for the future. The author discusses proposals regarding promotion of African traditional medicine within health policy, offered by WHO at the Regional Committee Session in Kampala in September 1976. The documents presented are critized as being too metaphysical and not practical enough in terms of recommendations for integration of traditional medicine with official health services. However, WHO is seen as far ahead of the Regional Bureau in terms of promoting traditional medicine. (author's modified)