This comes months after the President of Madagascar promotes a drink based on Artemisia, a plant proven to be effective in treating malaria that has met with widespread contempt.
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The World Health Organization on Saturday approved a protocol for testing African herbal medicines as a potential treatment for the coronavirus and other epidemics.
It came months after an offer by the President of Madagascar to promote a drink made from Artemisia, a plant proven to be effective in treating malaria, met widespread contempt.
On Saturday, WHO experts and colleagues from two other organizations approved a protocol for Phase III herbal medicine trials for Covid-19, as well as a charter and mandate to set up a data and safety oversight body for herbal medicine trials, “it says in an explanation.
“Phase III clinical trials are critical to fully evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a new medical device,” it said.
“If a traditional medical device is found to be safe, effective and quality assured, the WHO will recommend it for rapid local, large-scale production,” Prosper Tumusiime, a WHO regional director, was quoted as saying.
WHO partners are the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Social Affairs Commission of the African Union.
“The start of Covid-19, like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, has underscored the need for health systems strengthening and accelerated research and development programs, including traditional medicines,” Tumusiime said.
However, he was not referring specifically to the Madagascar drink Covid-Organics, also called CVO, which President Andry Rajoelina has proposed as a cure for the virus.
It was widely used in Madagascar and sold to several other countries, mainly Africa.
In May, WHO Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti told the media that African governments had committed in 2000 to “traditional therapies” in the same clinical trials as other drugs.
“I can understand the need to find something that can help,” said Moeti. “But we would like to promote this scientific process, in which the governments have committed themselves, very much.”