"Traditional Medicine: Modern Approach For Affordable Global Health"

Bhushan Patwardhan, University of Pune (India)

This study reviews the existing evidence base on the use of Traditional Medicines (TM) in meeting the health needs of populations in developing countries. In doing this, the paper analyzes the benefits in terms of accessibility, availability and affordability, including studies on the health benefit and cost-benefit and considers the scope for using TM systems to deliver modern medicines, and the possibility for conjunctive use. The study also reviews existing evidence on current innovative efforts in TM to combat diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, and the challenges and difficulties related to: regulatory issues, effectiveness of the patent system, and reliance on renewable natural resources, documenting traditional knowledge about medicine.