On 19 August 2023, the "Gujarat Declaration" of the Advisory Group was presented to the public. In terms of content, particular emphasis is placed on two areas: On the one hand, planet Earth and the indigenous inhabitants should be protected and respected, and on the other hand, sufficient evidence should be created for all areas in order to ensure safety, efficacy and justice. For example, research on indigenous customs and rituals, but also on traditional and complementary medicine, should be advanced through new research designs. This is particularly emphasised in points 5 and 20. In general, the integration of traditional and complementary medicine into state and public health systems is sought. Points 22 and 25 deal with the support of the national states by the WHO in new legislation and supranational digital networking and its monitoring.

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anme-INFO by Nora Laubstein

On July 3, 2023, WHO had invited representatives from the field of Traditional and Complementary Medicine worldwide to an online conversation in Geneva. After this year's WHO annual meeting, it was announced that a new WHO strategy on traditional medicine for 2025-2035 would be developed.

by Dr. Uwe Peters

The increase in resistant bacteria due to the often improper use of antibiotics in humans has become a global problem. Development of new active agents alone does not provide a satisfactory solution. In an overall concept to reduce antibiotic resistance, phytopharmaceuticals as well as microbiological drugs can make a substantial contribution. To illustrate this, this positional paper presents examples from both therapeutic areas mentioned and pleads to include them in the discussion about strategies for working against antibiotic resistance. This is vital in health policies as well as on a scientific level and should be integrated in both through appropriate research programs.

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A new roadmap to tackle antimicrobial resistance is released by the AMR Stakeholder Network on the occasion of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (Nov 18, 2019).

AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance) has been declared by the World Health Organization as an urgent, global health threat, projected to cause more deaths globally than cancer by 2050. The new Roadmap outlines 5 concrete strategies with corresponding targets for the EU and national decision-makers should take in order to step up their efforts in the fight against AMR.

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