Bujumbara: pharmaceutical colonialism

Submitted by modou diop (not verified) on June 21.2014

A conference which had been organized by local associations for the International Malaria Day on April 25 2014 was cancelled on April 24 by the Ministry of Health in Burundi, obviously under the pressure of outsiders. The obvious reason was that some of the local and invited speakers were advocating the use of Artemisia annua: a real interference in the monopoly held in Burundi by ACT pills imported from the North. The surprise and disappointment was enormous, the more as WHO has published recently a Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2025, which encourages African countries in developing their independant herbal medicine approach, in disregard of all external pressures. The media were full of outrage


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