June 2014 John Weeks Integrator Round-Up: International
John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports provides his monthly Integrator Round-Up of the latest news in integrative health including updates in integrative health policy, integrative health research, integrative health resources, useful data points, international integrative health, integrative health professions, integrative health people, and moreWorld Health Organization approves new traditional medicine strategyThe World Health Organization has formally approved a new traditional medicine strategy that has published late last year. The strategy updates a 2002-2005 plan "for the period 2014-2023 (and) devotes more attention than its predecessor to prioritizing health services and systems, including traditional and complementary medicine products, practices and practitioners." The link to the plan is here. Key objectives are defined as follows:
- Objective 1: To build the knowledge base for active management of traditional and complementary medicine through appropriate national policies.
- Objective 2: To strengthen quality assurance, safety, proper use and effectiveness of traditional and complementary medicine by regulating traditional and complementary medicine products, practices and practitioners.
- Objective 3: To promote universal health coverage by integrating traditional and complementary medicine services into health care service delivery and self-health care.
- The Czech health minister is railing against "alternative medicine charlatans."
- The Galway College of Naturopathic medicine had a recent open house.
- Some University of Sydney researchers are engaging a review of data in Hong Kong on IM for post-stroke victims.
- Among the nearly 6000 practitioners licensed to practice medicine in Dubai last year were 13 for alternative medicine.
- Natural products interests in South Africa have chosen to sue the government to prove their products are safe. The state is opposing.
- In Nigeria a bill to establish alternative and complementary medicine passed the Senate.
- A study has found $430-million in CAM sales in New Zealand.
- An editor at the Daily Telegraph finds mindfulness the wheat amongst CAM chaff.
- A hospital's maternity massage is among what it call the first alternative treatments in a Penang hospital.
- The article out of Nigeria shares how an alternative and integrative practitioner groups will train counselors on care of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.