UFS to exhibit products at WHO’s Traditional Medicine Global Summit

Prof Motlalepula Matsabisa, Director of the University of the Free State (UFS) Department of Pharmacology. PHOTO: Supplied

Products from the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Pharmacology, that relate to traditional medicines, research, and development, will be on display at an exhibition at the first World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Traditional Medicine Global Summit in India on 17 and 18 August 2023.

Prof. Motlalepula Matsabisa, Director of the Department of Pharmacology, and African traditional medicine expert, will attend the summit after being invited to serve as a member of the Summit External Advisory Group for the WHO Traditional Medicine Global Summit. He will also be attending in his capacity as co-chair of the WHO Global Traditional Medicines Centre, and as chair of the WHO Regional Advisory Committee on Traditional Medicines for Covid-19. Prof. Matsabisa will deliver a presentation on traditional medicines and intellectual property in a session titled ‘Regulations, intellectual property and implementation: Ensuring patient safety and economic efficiency in developing and adopting innovations in TM to healthcare’.

The WHO will hold its Traditional Medicine Global Summit in Gandhinagar, alongside the G20 health ministerial meeting. The summit is organised by the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, collaborating closely with the WHO’s major offices.


Compiled by Warren Hawkins