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World Health Organization technical team visits South Africa

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, welcomed the visit of the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Team on Traditional Medicines to South Africa .

A group of experts from the World Health Organization specializing in traditional African medicines is visiting South Africa under the direction of the WHO Regional Office for Africa.

The technical mission includes officials from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, the African Union Commission and the WHO Regional Expert Advisory Committee on Traditional Medicine for the Response to COVID-19 (REACT).

WHO REACT visited African countries that are conducting clinical trials on African herbal medicines for COVID-19, including Madagascar, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda.

Besides Tanzania, South Africa is one of two countries in the African Region to conduct multicentre clinical trials.

Nzimande said the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has made significant investments in the use of traditional African medicine against COVID-19, and that this investment has seen significant research carried out.

“Two multi-herb and three mono-herb formulations have reached critical preclinical stages, PHELA, has been approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) for clinical trials,” Nzimande said.

WHO will visit these clinical trial sites among others and will also visit the African Health Medicines Research Unit at the University of the Free State (UFS), funded by Science and Innovation.

At the end of the mission, a report will be produced and presented to WHO and relevant stakeholders. –

World Health Organization technical team visits South Africa

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