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Teaching Methodology Course for Educational and Health Care Professionals

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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Pharmaceuticals for Medicine Without Borders
Research done on valuable botanical pharmaceutical information for cures for many of the world's diseases. Entirely free information offered to empower individuals who may suffer from these diseases.

National Institute of Medical Herbalists 
Founded in 1864, NIMH is the oldest body of professional practising herbalists in the western world. Information and frequently asked questions about herbs. Click to See More!!


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Brief History


The Institute of Traditional Medicine, previously known as Traditional Medicine Research Unit was established under the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, Act of Parliament no. 9 of 1991, Section 10 (1) (c). The Act provided for an Institute Board that reports to the Academic Board of the College. The Institute is charged with the responsibility to research into traditional healing systems, in Tanzania, to identify useful practices which can be adopted and also to identify usefulmateria medica which can be modernized and developed into drugs for use to improve human health.

Tanzania is estimated to have over 80,000 traditional healers with varying specialities. The majority of healers are herbalists using mainly plants and a few animal and mineral products in their practices. Traditional healers are likely to be first consulted health provider due to socio-cultural settings in rural Tanzania.The estimated traditional healer:population ratio is 1:400 compared to  1:30,000 doctor to population ratio. Over the 12,000 higher plant species growing in Tanzania, at least a quarter have medicinal values and some of them already have a big market potential worldwide and can be exploited for local drug production. Some examples include Cinchona ledgeriana, Artemisia afra, Rauvolfia caffra, Rauvolfia serpetina, Atropa belladonna, Catharanthus rosea, Pischiera fuchsiaefolia, Moringa oleifera, Vuacanga africana, Prunus Africana, Aloe vera, Hibiscus sabdariffa, and Waltheria indica, to just mention a few. The Institute is already poised to play a leading role in the development of this vast resource by strategically creating expertise in all areas related to drug development, including research and training in good practices, basic science knowledge, phytochemistry, biological testing, pre-clinical studies, clinical trials and evaluation, pharmaceutical technology, standardization of herbal pharmaceuticals, biotechnology etc. The goal is to produce herbal medicines with best levels of active molecules.

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