In some Asian and African countries, up to 80% of the population relies on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs.
We are of the view that this is not only detrimental to the community at large but adversely affects the broader application of traditional knowledge and its integration into the health care system of South Africa
However the challenge remains that these medicines and/or supplements have not been validated through a comprehensive scientific or clinical study, and as a consequence its broader application is restricted.
Furthermore, we are of the view that this lack of credibility will in the long term result in the loss of large parts of this vital knowledge that will be tragic for such a proud tradition.
It is in this context that the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish the Institute of Traditional Knowledge & Traditional Medicines in 2016. The purpose of the Institute is to assist traditional healers from the local community, regionally and nationally to:
1. Assess their formulations:
2. Have it clinically validated in collaboration with the local clinics and the VUT;
3. Have their formulations scientifically validated with the assistance of the VUT;
4. Assist traditional healers in cultivating and processing their formulations;
5. Engage with distributors and market their formulations/ products for sale.