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WAHO has developed a Manual on the utilisation of Traditional Medical Knowledge and its protection by Intellectual Property Rights

Date: 2018-04-23 08:59:58 ID: 1834

Prof Stanley OKOLO, WAHO Director General, during his official opening address

Bobo-Dioulasso, BURKINA FASO The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has held on 17-19 April, 2018, the regional meeting to validate the harmonised manual on the protection and utilisation of traditional medical knowledge.

The following persons attended the meeting: traditional and conventional medicine practitioners, university researchers in botany, phytotherapy, toxicology, pharmacognosy and pharmacology, directors/coordinators of programmes or structures of traditional medicine, resources persons engaged in promoting traditional medical knowledge.

The WAHO Director General, Prof Stanley OKOLO, enhanced the workshop by presiding over the official opening ceremony. In his opening address, he invited ECOWAS Member States to ensure that the Manual has a community impact that contributes to the development of countries

The meeting was a follow up of the Abuja, Nigeria venue held on 24-25 May, 2017, to begin developing the Manual which so to say was particularly recommended in March, 2016, by a group of experts drawn from the ECOWAS Member States in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to be trained on existing tools for protecting Intellectual Property Rights on Traditional Medicine.

The objective of the meeting was to validate the draft Manual after a critical review of its contents ((patents, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, copyright, traditional knowledge and expressions of folklore) in order to present it in a publishable format.

WAHO approach is part of an international context marked by the holding in March 2018 of the 35th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, and part of a regional context marked by the Summit Meeting in April 2018 of OAPI Member States on Intellectual Property and the enhancement of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions.

On the margins of the meeting, the 3rd meeting of the Experts Committee for Developing the 2nd Volume of the ECOWAS Pharmacopoeia was held to afford the Experts the opportunity to give an update of the work they have done so far and to identify perspectives for the future.

The workshop achieved developing the final draft presented in a user-friendly format for access to stakeholders for the efficient management of intellectual property rights related to traditional medicine.

The meeting unanimously considered the Manual as facing the request from most of the actors to understand the variety of training tools currently available, given the complexity of intellectual property policies around the world.

The meeting commended the collegial work put forward by the experts and the progress made in the preparation of the 2nd Volume of the ECOWAS Pharmacopoeia, the finalisation of which is planned for the first semester of 2018, accordingly to the road map selected for this purpose.

The meeting extended its gratitude to WAHO for its valuable technical and financial contribution in the documentation of traditional medical knowledge for its protection by intellectual property and its contribution to the development of ECOWAS countries.

The Experts Committee particularly thanked WAHO for the support provided throughout the process for developing the 2nd Volume of the ECOWAS Pharmacopoeia

Participants appreciated the availability of WAHO headquarters staff for the facilities provided to ensure the smooth running of the workshop.

The meeting expressed to the authorities of BURKINA FASO its sincere thanks for the warm welcome given to the participants.

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Bulletins
épidemiologique

S18/2018