Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
SORTE JUNIOR, Waldemiro Francisco. Traditional knowledge for promotion of socioeconomic inclusion of local communities. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp. 583-586. Epub Apr 17, 2012. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102012005000030.
This paper discusses the key role played by public research institutes for promoting socioeconomic inclusion of local communities based on traditional knowledge and traditional medicine. Nongovernmental organizations and cooperatives have had an important role in raising financial resources, being involved with advocacy of local communities and advancing legislation changes. But strict best manufacturing practices regulations imposed by the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency on the requirements for approval and commercialization of drugs based on herbal medicine products call for the involvement of strong public research institutes capable of supporting community-based pharmacies. Thus, public research institutes are pivotal as they can conduct scientific research studies to evidence the efficacy of herbal medicine products and help building the capacity of local communities to comply with current regulations.
Keywords : Plants; Medicinal; Medicine; Traditional; Ethnopharmacology; Academies and Institutes.