Is there a role for trado-medicine in the Nigerian health sector? (8)

3 January, 2019

At the risk of over-burdening this list with Chrises (my former boss, another Chris, used to say the collective noun for us was "a crisis of Chrises"), may I second Chris Chan when he says, "I am quite surprised that the same topic is brought up again (and again)" on this list. And each time it is our worthy moderator who asks a variant of the question "Is there any evidence that traditonal medicne works?, that it doesn't lead to failures to get allopathic treatments?, etc." And each time the list responds by citing the requested evidence. Unlike other discussion topics, it seems these responses are not summarized for the HIFA archives and so we go through the topic repeatedly.

May I then suggest 1) that the past discussions on the role of TM be summarized, and 2) that Neil and other contributors set forth the alternative view clearly: could you kindly share the evidence that TM doesn't work, that it is worse than the alternatives, etc?

Happy New Year to all!



Chris Zielinski

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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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