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GHF2014 – PS04 – Integrating Traditional and Alternative Medicine into Health Systems

PS04 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 18 ICON_Fishbowl
Integrating Traditional and Alternative Medicine into Health Systems
Dr. Edward Kelley
Director, Department of Service Delivery and Safety, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Dr. Bertrand Graz
Geneva University, ISG, Switzerland
Making Heath Care Affordable to Poorest Communities Through Acupuncture: India
Mr. Walter Fischer
Founder and Project Manager, Barefoot Acupuncturists, India
Integrating Ayurveda: Clinical Studies on the Ayurvedic Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis Offer New Perspectives
Mr. Olivier Talpain
Associate researcher at the University Institute of History of Medicine and Public Health in Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr. Zhang Qi Coordinator, Traditional Medicine, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Research and integration of traditional/complementary medicines into the health system. The case of malaria in Mali and diabetes in Pacific islands.
Dr. Bertrand Graz

MD, MPH, Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Across the world, traditional medicine (TM) is either the mainstay of health care delivery or serves as a complement to it. In some countries, traditional medicine or non-conventional medicine may be termed complementary medicine (CM).Starting from specific experience, we will discuss WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, which states that:"The demand for TM/CM is increasing. 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 policy towards this important - and often vibrant and expanding - part of health care.

Kelley_EDr. Edward Kelley

Dr. Kelley directs the Department of Service Delivery and Safety at the World Health Organization.  In this role, he leads WHO’s efforts at strengthing the safety, quality, integration and people centredness of health services globally and manages WHO’s work in a wide range of programmes, including health services integration and regulation, patient safety and quality, blood safety, injection safety, transplantation, traditional medicine, essential and safe surgery and emerging areas such as mHealth for health services and genomics.  Prior to joining WHO, he served as Director of the U.S. National Healthcare Reports for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. These reports track levels and changes in the quality of care for the American health-care system at the national and state level, as well as disparities in quality and access across priority populations. Dr. Kelley also directed the 28-country Health Care Quality Improvement (HCQI) Project of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Formerly, Dr. Kelley served as a Senior Researcher and Quality Assurance Advisor for the USAID-sponsored Quality Assurance Project (QAP) and Partnerships for Health Reform Project Plus (PHRPlus). In these capacities, he worked for ten years in West and North Africa and Latin America, directing research on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness in Niger. Prior to this, Dr. Kelley directed the international division of a large US-based hospital consulting firm, the Advisory Board Company.  His research focuses on patient safety, quality and organization of health services, metrics and measurement in health services and health systems improvement approaches and policies.

Physician and specialist in public health/international health (MPH from John Hopkins University

Dr. Bertrand Graz

Physician and specialist in public health/international health (MPH from John Hopkins University, today with Lausanne and Geneva universities), Bertrand Graz has been conducting development and research activities in Switzerland and in tropical countries, while keeping clinical activity as well. His doctoral thesis led to the validation of a non-surgical treatment for trachomatous trichiasis in Oman and China. After this, he has been leading many studies on the health effects of local traditional practices, such as  herbal treatments for malaria in Mali and diabetes in Palau, early rice feeding in Laos, Greek-Arab medicine in Mauritania, self-care for dysmenorrhoea in Switzerland. Now he aims at studying the effect of such research process in terms of optimisation of health resource's use and public health impact.

PS04_Walter_Fisher_squareMr. Walter Fischer

He has always needed to change lives and jobs whenever he knew he had hit the wall. Since early age, he chose traveling as a major mean to change and grow.  After 4 years of college, studying business and international trade, he started his professional career as export manager in a multinational. A few years later, he left and explored Asia. he went back to a (successful) business before definitely realizing that his way was elsewhere, in something hopefully more meaningful and useful to society. Studying and practicing acupuncture were a life changing experience to him. He finds it fair to share it with those most in need. He is a strong believer in the change we can bring together, with adequate tools and true intention. Humanitarian healthcare faces unlimited challenges, together with different and complementary professional approaches, situation of millions can be improved.

O_Talpain_squareMr. Olivier Talpain

As a former producer of fiction and documentary films myself, I particularly enjoy watching good documentary films. Thanks to Indian film maker Pan Nalin, I discovered Ayurveda for the first time, through his documentary film which struck me. I was impressed by the sophisticated holistic approach of the Ayurvedic system of medicine and the complexity of its medicines. Many Ayurvedic formulations are produced using tens of substances, through several long and complex processes. The testimonies of patients about unhoped-for recoveries touched me. I’ve eventually found it hard to believe that what seemed to be a remarkable blend of knowledge and know-how was kept aside and even threatened. Something didn’t make sense; I had to understand.

When I went back to university to study social sciences, I chose Ayurveda as the key issue of my research. I wrote the final dissertation of my Master in Development Studies on the recognition of Ayurveda through modern scientific research. I focused on two clinical trials on the Ayurvedic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (1976-2012) that were funded by WHO and NIH-NCCAM. They both showed that the treatment gives positive results.

Still many questions remain. Why was the first study not published by the modern physicians in charge of it? Why is there so little research to assess Ayurveda? I am currently working on a PhD project to find some answers.

Zhang_Qi_squareDr. Zhang Qi

Dr Zhang Qi is leading the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Programme(TCM) in the Department of Service Delivery and Safety(SDS), WHO. He studied both conventional medicine and traditional medicine. He used to be a doctor, researcher and governmental official responsible for traditional medicine in China. He led the work of integration of traditional medicine services into national healthcare system in the department of healthcare services and headed the department of international cooperation, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ministry of Health In China. He used to lead the supervision on services, management and clinical research in the five hospitals affiliated to China Academy of Chinese Medical Science which is the national research institution for traditional Chinese medicine in China.



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