Trough its publications and training seminars anamed enables communities and health centres in the Tropics to become more self-reliant in preventing and treating the most common diseases and health complaints.
In this way, in even the poorest communities, many lives have been saved, AIDS patients become strong and healthy, and health centres become less dependent on imported medicines.
In contrast …
A voice from the pharmaceutical
“We are not in business to save lives, but to earn money – saving lives is not our concern.”
An answer by Urs Flückiger, Director of Roche
South Korea when challenged to reduce the
price of AIDS drugs
Buko Pharma No. 8 October 2008
Aims and objectives of ANAMED ANAMED
1. To enable local people to develop their skills in the protection and cultivation of healing plants, and in the skilled preparation of and treatment with Natural Medicines, by:
– conducting week long seminars for health workers from state, NGO and church initiatives, traditional healers, teachers and others active in the community.
– establishing gardens of healing plants for demonstration, and fields for cultivation.
– developing reliable, reproducible methods of preparation for Natural Medicines from locally available healing plants.
– encouraging pharmacies in hospitals and clinics to produce, stock and promote Natural Medicines.
– undertaking research into alternative treatments for malaria and other diseases, in particular the use of Artemisia annua.
– the publication and distribution of posters, books and seeds.
2. To support people in caring for the environment, by:
– giving instruction in appropriate waste disposal methods.
– promoting organic farming and permaculture.
-encouraging the conservation and planting of useful and indigenous trees.
3. To support people in becoming more self-reliant by:
– supporting them in producing their own seeds, plants and medicines.
– resisting any attempt by multi-national corporations to patent the seeds of healing plants.
– researching and campaigning against the manufacture and distribution of soaps and creams that contain mercury.
– opposing the dumping of unhealthy or dangerous products, e.g. sugar drinks, cut-dated medicines.
4. To promote local and international cooperation in pursuing these principles, by:
– involving chemists, doctors, health care workers, healers and traditional midwives together in the same seminars, as well as being totally ecumenical in involving people from all faith backgrounds.
– developing an international network for the exchange of knowledge about healing plants and natural medicines.