The WHO Traditional Medicines Strategy 2014-2023 is available from the WHO website through http://who.int/medicines/publications/traditional/trm_strategy14_23/en/index.html.
Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) is an important and often underestimated part of health care. It is found in almost every country in the world and the demand for its services is increasing. TM, of proven quality, safety, and efficacy, contributes to the goal of ensuring that all people have access to care. Many countries now recognize the need to develop a cohesive and integrative approach to health care that allows governments, health care practitioners and, most importantly, those who use health care services, to access T&CM in a safe, respectful, cost-efficient and effective manner. A global strategy to foster its appropriate integration, regulation and supervision will be useful to countries wishing to develop a proactive T&CM policy.
This new strategy document reviews progress made worldwide since the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002–2005, including highlights of successes and emerging challenges, and provides a framework for action into the next decade which will strengthen (T&CM) globally. It is intended to provide information, context, guidance and support to policymakers, health service planners, public health specialists, traditional and complementary medicine communities and other interested parties about T&CM, including products, practices and practitioners. It addresses issues in evaluating, regulating and integrating T&CM, as well as in harnessing its potential to benefit the health of individuals.