Welcome to PROMETRA International

The Association of the Promotion of Traditional Medicine

PROMETRA was established in 1971, and is an international NGO headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, whose purpose is to preserve African traditional medicine, culture and indigenous science through research, education, advocacy and practice.  It works to improve the health and well being of global communities through the use of quality traditional medicine and indigenous science and building bridges between modern and traditional systems of health care. PROMETRA International has twenty-seven  (27) chapters throughout Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and USA and is a grantee of  UNDP, Ford and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


…“traditional medicines, of proven quality, safety and efficacy, contribute to the goal of ensuring that all people have access to care. For many millions of people, herbal medicines, traditional treatments and traditional practitioners are the main source of health care, and sometimes the only source of care..”

Margaret Chan, MDWHO Director General

“Traditional health practitioners are an important source of health care for many Africans, with an estimated 80% of people seeking treatment from them. The benefits of traditional medicine are evident to all… I call for stronger collaboration between governments, donors, the private sector and relevant stakeholders to take forward this important undertaking… I also call upon researchers to work in collaboration with traditional health practitioners to produce scientific evidence on the safety, efficacy and quality of traditional medicine products.”

Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti WHO AFRO Regional Director