MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF PROMETRA INTERNATIONAL
My Beloved Ones Brothers And Sisters
Since the Alma Ata conference in 1978, the World Health Organization-WHO-has always had a coherent vision for Traditional Medicine.
Must we recall, in July 2001 at the Lusaka Summit, the African Heads of States took a historic position, making the decade 2001-2010 the rehabilitation of Traditional Medicine. This important statement:
- recognizes the important role Traditional Medicine continues to play in African societies,
- recognizes that Member States and their governments must necessarily establish a basic knowledge of traditional resources to help achieve the goal of “health for all …”, mobilizing and using these resources more effectively,
- approve the Nairobi Declaration, which formally recognizes the Traditional Medicine as affordable,
- ask the Secretary-General in collaboration with WHO, to attend the Heads of States of the African Union for the implementation of an action plan.
WHO, through its office for Traditional Medicine, published a remarkable strategic action plan for 2001-2005, highlighting policy issues, safety, efficiency and quality. Access to and rational use of Traditional and Alternative Medicine was highly recommended.
Given all these commitments ratified by the states, we must recognize that the effective implementation soon to be 16 years. Several African countries have not yet established a legal framework for the Traditional Medicine which drains 90% of the population and their needs for health.
In several African countries the budget allocated to this medicine varies between 0 and 5%; Africa continues to ruin his major in economics an expensive medicine, questionable practices and medicines that are mostly useless placebos, toxic.
More than 400 drugs are banned in North officially on sale in pharmacies.
Several times a year the WCO (World Customs Organization) made huge seizures at ports and airports in Africa. It’s worrying! …
If “health is the basis of all development,” we do not understand why our health in many of our countries is still only in exogenous hands?! …
In this changing world, medicines and other pharmaceutical products from large laboratories North have shown their limits in the management and the management of mental illness, psychosomatic, viral diseases, degenerative, essential etc.
North of leading scientists are in our villages spirit to plunder our traditional resources, meanwhile, governments tend our hands to the North to come solve our health problems. It will not be surprising if tomorrow the North come teach African medicine of their grandparents.
Why for over 5 decades of independence, we are going in circles?
- Are there a lack of political will?
- Are the lack of financial and economic support?
- Are the absence of a favorable legal and administrative framework?
- Are this because strategies, methodologies, research hypotheses are inadequate or poorly designed?
- Are this because the power of African countries is exogenous to Africa?
- Are linked to the dictates of the major pharmaceutical laboratories that want to safeguard their interests?
- Are this because the African intellectual is calibrated, limited, alienated, distorted … and turns back to its own roots?
- Are this because Africa actually believes she is capable of anything, and that the solutions to its problems must come from the north?
To each searching.
In this disturbing context, WHO-AFRO invites us to celebrate the 14th African Day of Traditional Medicine under the theme “Regulation of Products Coming of Traditional Medicine in the African Region”
In other words, WHO invites us to regulate GREEN GOLD, which will run tomorrow’s world and a harmonious development of the African continent. The theme is consistent and compelling in the current global context. The renewed interest in the products of Traditional Medicine is growing exponentially all over the world except Africa.
That is why, PROMETRA International and its 28 national representatives worldwide greet and welcome the WHO-AFRO to the relevance of the theme of this 14th Jamt. PROMETRA International invites each and all members of our network:
– Be closer to our core leaders we have the honor of serving, holders healers of this health heritage, to raise awareness and knowledge transfer their knowledge to their students and insiders,
– Organize days, seminars, workshops, fairs for products of Traditional Medicine, manifestations in the form of advocacy with your governments, to educate, sensitize them on the need to consider as urgent task the regulations derived products Traditional Medicine, if we want a future for our continent.
PROMETRA International invites all members to note the network to involve the media in the activities celebrating this important day.
PROMETRA International hopes that this day, this day is an opportunity to show that the health and well being of people has always been a concern of African traditional healers, since time immemorial.
The development is an endogenous process. Without rehabilitation of Traditional Medicine without the regulation of products of Traditional Medicine without the protection of the products of Traditional Medicine …, no development is possible in Africa.
I appeal to the conscience of each other to take this opportunity to lay the foundations of a health system that always look everywhere to find local solutions to our local problems.
Dr. Erick GBODOSSOU