The two-day International Conference on Traditional Medicine for South-East Asian Countries concluded with Adoption of Delhi Declaration In New Delhi today.
The Delhi Declaration is as follows:
We, the Health Ministers of South-East Asian countries, representing the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka, and Vice Minister of Health, Timor-Leste, and the representatives of DPR Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar, Maldives and Thailand,
Met in New Delhi during the “International Conference on Traditional Medicine for South-East Asian Countries”, and we –
Recalled the importance given at the International Conference on Primary Health Care at Alma Ata in 1978 for inclusion of access to Traditional Medicine in the planning and implementation of health care;
Noted the progress of Traditional Medicine in the countries of South East Asia Region, specifically after the World Health Organization (WHO) brought out the strategy for Traditional Medicine 2002-2005;
Considered the importance of various resolutions of the World Health Assembly(WHA) and of the South East Asia Regional Committee for promoting Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plants, specifically WHA56.31, WHA62.13 and SEA/RC56/R6;
Appreciated the diversity and richness of Traditional Medical Systems, their courses of study, status of research & development, regulatory frameworks and medicinal flora in the South-East Asian countries;
Recognized that Traditional Medicine and Traditional Medicine Practitioners have substantial potential to contribute for improving health outcomes in various countries of the world;
Acknowledged the fact that traditional medicine is culturally acceptable, generally available, affordable and widely used in various countries for the treatment of diseases;
Noted the fact that for millions of people often living in rural areas in different countries, traditional medicine is a significant source of health care;
Recognized the potential of traditional medicine in providing primary health care, and
Expressed the need for sharing of experience and knowledge for securing reliance on Traditional Medicine for public health benefits.
In the light of the above, we hereby agree for cooperation, collaboration and mutual support amongst the South-East Asian Countries in all spheres of Traditional Medicine in accordance with national priorities, legislations and circumstances, and specifically agree to make collaborative efforts aiming at the following:
To promote National policies, strategies and interventions for equitable development and appropriate use of traditional medicine in the health care delivery system;
To develop institutionalized mechanism for exchange of information, expertise and knowledge with active cooperation with WHO on traditional medicine through workshops, symposia, visit of experts, exchange of literature etc.;
To pursue harmonized approach for the education, practice, research,documentation and regulation of traditional medicine and involvement of traditional medicine practitioners in health services;
To explore the possibility of promoting mutual recognition of educational qualifications awarded by recognized Universities, pharmacopoeias, monographs and relevant databases of traditional medicine;
To encourage development of common reference documents of traditional medicine for South East Asian countries;
To develop regional cooperation for training and capacity building of traditional medicine experts;
To encourage sustainable development and resource augmentation of medicinal plants in the South East Asian regional countries;
To establish regional centers as requiredfor capacity building and networking in the areas of traditional medicine and medicinal plants and
To exchange views, experiences and experts for integration of traditional medicine into national health systems in accordance with national policies and regulations.