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WAHO BRINGS TOGETHER EXPERTS TO DEVELOP A HARMONISED MANUAL ON THE PROTECTION AND UTILISATION OF TRADITIONAL MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE

Abuja, Nigeria, 26th May 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) held a workshop in Abuja-Nigeria, from 24 to 25 May 2017, to prepare a harmonized manual on the protection and utilization of traditional medical knowledge (TMK).

About 40 participants attended the workshop including: directors/coordinators of Traditional medicine (TM) programs, traditional medicine practitioners (TMPs), conventional medicine practitioners (CMPs), researchers and members of the Expert Committee for developing the 2nd Volume of the ECOWAS Pharmacopoeia. The workshop was held in response to a recommendation made by the participants at the TM meeting on Intellectual Property (IP) which took place in Abidjan in March 2016.

The need for such a user friendly manual stemmed from the difficulties stakeholders have in understanding the importance and modalities of TMK-related IPR issues.

The meeting noted that existing IPR conventions and treaties do not take into account, the complexities of TM.

The meeting took note of the significant progress made by the African Region Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and “Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle” (OAPI) in receiving applications for patents and registered trademarks in their Member States and in developing a Protocols for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.

Participants acknowledged the spirit of the Swakopmund Protocol as a good practice for the region, which could serve as a guide for implementation of the strategic actions to be included in the harmonized manual.

Participants called for strategic orientations to enhance collaboration between TMPs and CMPs.

The meeting expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the preparation of the monographs by the Experts Committee for developing the 2nd volume of the ECOWAS Pharmacopoeia, and urged its members to comply with the agreed road map so that the project could be completed on schedule (June 2018).

Participants commended the authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and expressed deep appreciation for the warm reception accorded them.

The meeting thanked WAHO for its continuous support for the promotion of rational TM practices in the ECOWAS region

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