SESRIC, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Turkey, organised a workshop on the “Integration of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Practices into the Health Systems and Health Services” on 18 April 2018, in the historical city of Istanbul, Turkey.
The workshop took place on the sidelines of the “1st International Traditional and Complementary Medicine Congress” organised by the Ministry of Health of Turkey between 19-22 April 2018, under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, in technical partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Workshop aimed at improving the access of OIC Countries to integrated quality health care services through the integration of traditional and complementary medicine into the modern healthcare system of OIC Countries, in accordance with the OIC SHPA and the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023.
The aim of integrated health care systems is to provide services which are not disconnected from each other. In other words, to provide the right care, at the right time and place, so the people can get the care they need, and achieve the desired results. This is widely considered to provide superior performance in terms of quality and safety as a result of standardized protocols and efficient communication.
The integration of traditional and complementary medicine into the modern health care system will help prevent current abuses and assure a more effective application of preventive medicine measures, as well as help restraining health expenses of the OIC Countries, as a supportive mechanism.
Furthermore, this workshop was a great opportunity to promote the intra-OIC cooperation and exchange of knowledge and best practices on traditional and complementary medicine through scientific activities, experience sharing and collaboration amongst all related stakeholders.