Traditional and Complementary Medicine Workshop – College of Medicine, University of Malawi, October-November 2017

Traditional and Complementary Medicine Workshop

The College of Medicine through the African Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) is pleased to announce the introduction of the Certificate Course in Traditional and Complementary Medicines (TCM) for health professionals (HP) as follows:.

Dates: 30th October-10th, November 2017

Venue: College of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Campus, Blantyre

Facilitators: Experienced facilitators from College of Medicine, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Mzuzu University, Tubingen University (Germany), Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board, Malawi Bureau of Standards, National Herbarium and Botanical Gardens will share knowledge and experiences in TCM.

Workshop Coordinator: John Mponda, Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacognosy

Aim: The workshop is aimed at equipping the healthcare professionals with the knowledge and awareness of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.

Course objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
1.Demonstrate an understanding the foundations of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM).
2.Demonstrate an understanding of the World Health Organization Strategy and Declarations on TCM and other policy frameworks in WHO AFRO and SADC.
3.Apply knowledge of pharmaceutical botany in understanding the problem of adulteration
4.Demonstrate an understanding of the link between herbal medicine and Western medicine on the aspect of Drug discovery
5.Demonstrate an understanding on Malawi’s draft Regulations and Guidelines on Traditional and Complementary Medicine formulated to safe and quality herbal medicines.
6.Demonstrate an understanding of herbal medicine pharmacovigilance and reporting of herbal medicine adverse effects and events.
7.Demonstrate an understanding of various types of dosage form presentation, preparations and Good manufacturing practices.
8.Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Good Agricultural and Collecting Practices and environmental factors on the quality of herbal medicine with a special focus on content of active ingredient.

Workshop Methodology

Mainly interactive consisting of lectures, question and answer and discussion. Certificate in Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM) will be provided for those who complete workshop. All power-point presentations will also be provided by email to participants on daily basis.

Who should apply: This course is recommended to all healthcare professionals especially those dealing with patient diagnosis, prescribing, medicine administration, palliative care and dispensing, and those doing or interested to pursue a career in herbal medicine research.

Workshop fee: USD100 per participant. Course fees cover course material, and tea. The ACEPHEM has limited scholarships to cover the workshop fees of participants. These will be awarded on merit and on first come first serve basis.

Application Deadline: Applications should be submitted to (with a copy to no later than 20 October 2017. Use the application form on the ACEPHEM website ( ask from the emails above.

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