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Short Course on Traditional Medicine Development
Starting Date: 16th to 20th October, 2017. Deadline: 10th October, 2017 . Download the Advert and Application Form (Swahili, English)

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Major Achievements

  •  The Institute has been able to do ethnobotanical studies in 16 out of 20 regions of Tanzania mainland.
  • The Institute has a collection of over 2500 medicinal plant species collected from the different regions of Tanzania.
  • Research on one plant, Phyllanthus amarus has been able to advance to stage 1 clinical trial. Further clinical work on the plant is being planned.
  • Recipes for epilepsy and psychosis are currently undergoing Stage 1 clinical evaluation. Placebo controlled trials are expected to be done in the near future.
  • The Institute has been able to organize and assist healers to set up a traditional medicine clinic in Mwanga, Kilimanjaro, which is run by the healers themselves. This clinic collaborates with modern health facilities in the area.
  • The Institute has started to produce herbal medicines. Currently the Institute is producing preparations for the treatment of benign prostatic hypetrophy, liver cirrhosis, asthma, peptic ulcers and a cough mixture. Once standardized it is hoped to make these preparations widely available to the public.

Public Service Potential and Consultancy

The Institute can provide professional technical advice on:
� Traditional Medicine and cultural practices
� Use of plants for health and food
� Poisonous plants and toxic plant compounds
� Qualitative analysis of medicinal plants
� Pharmacological and toxicological screening of medicinal plants and traditional medicines
� Taxonomic work

Public Service Potential and Consultancy

The Institute can provide professional technical advice on:
� Traditional Medicine and cultural practices
� Use of plants for health and food
� Poisonous plants and toxic plant compounds
� Qualitative analysis of medicinal plants
� Pharmacological and toxicological screening of medicinal plants and traditional medicines
� Taxonomic work

Potential areas for joint venture and Investment

The Institute is interested in joint ventures with investors in the following areas: -

� Production and promotion of herbal or plant based medicinal products.

� Formulation of whole or partially separated extracts of known medicinal plants like Prunus africana, Centella asiatica, Artemisia annua, Zingiber officinalis (ginger), garlic, Senna and many others.

� Research for treatment of any general human ailments including diseases like Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Cancer, Hypertension, Asthma, Epilepsy, Psychosis and other conditions

� Promotion of community based cultivation of medicinal plant

Existing partnerships with private entrepreneurs

The Institute recently signed a memorandum of understanding with seven traditional healers under the HIV/AIDS project for the development of their herbal medicines. The Institute is also seeking partnerships with local communities in the promotion of cultivation of medicinal plants.

 Intellectual Property Rights

The Institute being a Research and Development Institution with the privilege and mandate to access knowledge from traditional healers is committed and duty bound to protect the knowledge they obtain from traditional healers and ensure that the healers and their communities become part and parcel of proceeds from discoveries resulting from their disclosures. We hope and expect that all our partners and collaborators shall uphold and share with us this commitment

Contact US

INSTITUTE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
P.O. Box 65001, Dar es Salaam,
E-mail: ditm@muhas.ac.tz
Direct Line: 21500096, 2150302-6 Ext 216, 2150302-6 Ext. 262