The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and German International Corporation (GIZ) and other partners will as part of the commemoration of the AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINES DAY embark on planting Medicinal Trees under the theme “A DECADE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINES DEVELOPMENT”.
The traditional Medicines day is usually cerebrated on the 31st of August of each year in order to promote traditional medicines development, practice and research through the evidenced based approach.
The general public may wish to know that studies have shown that most of the Conventional Medicines such as quinine, and co-artem do come from medicinal plants (cinchoma or quina trees and Artemisia annua respectively). Such medicinal plants and herbs have been processed and then developed into active medicinal ingredients used for the cure of diseases like malaria.
There are more known medicinal plants that naturally grow in Malawi that need to be conserved and protected for a similar purpose.
The Ministry of Health would therefore like to encourage all practitioners and members of the general public to cultivate a habit of planting medicinal trees and herbs.
“PLANT A MEDICINAL TREE NOW!!!”