Thank you for considering joining this important initiative. Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
This is a "grassroots" initiative launched by an international group of sponsoring organisations of healthcare practitioners, patients and scientists, and is being supported by a large and growing group of stakeholders from around the world who share a vision for how healthcare can be improved.
Details on the sponsoring organisations can be found here. The oversight of the TCIH Declaration is carried out through collaborative discussions between the sponsoring organisations, with input from stakeholders.
Yes. This initiative has had a fully global focus since its beginning. Several of the sponsoring organisations have a global reach, while others are from the North and South America, Europe, as well as from China, India and Australia. Already at the moment of its launch, the TCIH Declaration had initial signatories from all WHO regions.
No. Traditional and complementary practices have been around for centuries; for instance, Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been practiced for thousands of years. There have also been efforts for several decades to integrate traditional, complementary and biomedical practices. Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (TCIH) represents the goal of respectful collaboration between traditional, complementary and biomedical healthcare practices, with the aim of achieving a person-centred and holistic approach to health.
The TCIH Declaration is the first world-wide grassroot effort to explicitly state that the healthcare we desire focuses on the whole person, is participative, respects individual choices, as well as cultural diversity, and integrates clinical experiences and patient values with the best available research information. The TCIH Declaration calls for access to traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare to be part of the right to health and makes specific demands to policy makers.
The TCIH Declaration is aligned with the “WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023” and adds further weight to the many government and academic initiatives already underway in this field.
We recognize that globally there are hundreds of different traditional and complementary practices, some of which have been practiced for centuries, and others that are based on new technologies and research. The TCIH Declaration supports evidence-based practices and supports further research.
The TCIH Declaration supports practices that are evidence-based by integrating clinical experience and patient values with the best available research information. This should also be the criteria for TCIH practices to be included into national health systems and to be made available as part of the right to health.
One of the specific demands of the TCIH Declaration is increased public funding for TCIH research.
No. The TCIH Declaration fully supports biomedicine and acknowledges its tremendous benefits. It calls for the respectful collaboration between traditional, complementary and biomedical practices with the aim of achieving a person-centred and holistic approach to health. Different TCIH modalities expand the benefits of conventional biomedicine by adding the best of traditional and complementary practices in an integrative way.
The TCIH Declaration can be signed by healthcare professional bodies, academic institutions, non-governmental organisations, patient associations, as well as healthcare professionals, patients and interested individuals. In order to ensure the independence of this initiative from any vested interests, commercial entities can NOT be signatories.
The aims of the TCIH Declaration include:
All donations to the TCIH Declaration will go towards the administration and management of the TCIH website, and for initiatives connected to the TCIH Declaration. All funding will be overseen by the TCIH sponsoring organisations.