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WHO responds to young medics call to condemn promotion of homeopathy for serious diseases

20 August 2009

The WHO has responded to the open letter and said that it DOES NOT recommend the use of homeopathy for treating HIV, TB, malaria, influenza and infant diarrhoea. The Voice of Young Science network, has written to the health ministers of all countries to publicise the WHO’s position, asking them to combat the promotion of homeopathy for these dangerous diseases.

WHO does not recommend the use of homeopathy for HIV, malaria, TB, influenza and infant diarrhoea

21st August 2009: The WHO has responded to the open letter and said that it DOES NOT recommend the use of homeopathy for treating HIV, TB, malaria, influenza and infant diarrhoea. The Director General’s office has confirmed that the responses from WHO departments (below) “clearly express the WHO’s position”. Today the Voice of Young Science network, has written to the health ministers of all countries to publicise the WHO’s position, asking them to combat the promotion of homeopathy for these dangerous diseases.

Comments from the WHO:

Dr Mario Raviglione, Director, Stop TB Department, WHO: “Our evidence-based WHO TB treatment/management guidelines, as well as the International Standards of Tuberculosis Care (ISTC) do not recommend use of homeopathy.”

Dr Mukund Uplekar, TB Strategy and Health Systems, WHO: “WHO’s evidence-based guidelines on treatment of tuberculosis…have no place for homeopathic medicines.”

Dr Teguest Guerma, Director Ad Interim, HIV/AIDS Department, WHO: “The WHO Dept. of HIV/AIDS invests considerable human and financial resources [...] to ensure access to evidence-based medical information and to clinically proven, efficacious, and safe treatment for HIV… Let me end by congratulating the young clinicians and researchers of Sense About Science for their efforts to ensure evidence-based approaches to treating and caring for people living with HIV.”

Dr Sergio Spinaci, Associate Director, Global Malaria Programme, WHO: “Thanks for the amazing documentation and for whistle blowing on this issue… The Global Malaria programme recommends that malaria is treated following the WHO Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria.”

Joe Martines, on behalf of Dr Elizabeth Mason, Director, Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, WHO: “We have found no evidence to date that homeopathy would bring any benefit to the treatment of diarrhoea in children…Homeopathy does not focus on the treatment and prevention of dehydration - in total contradiction with the scientific basis and our recommendations for the management of diarrhoea.”

Media Coverage

BBC online Homeopathy not a cure, says WHO

BMJ WHO warns against using homoeopathy to treat serious diseases

The Independent Steve Connor: Lack of waves causes ripples of excitement

Kaiser Family Foundation WHO Recommends Against Using Homeopathic Treatments For HIV, TB, Malaria, Influenza, Infant Diarrhea

USA Today WHO warns against homeopathy treatments

Rocket News WHO warns against homeopathy use

Digital Journal Medics Condemn Homeopathic Treatments

Newser WHO Sounds Alarm on Homeopathy

World News Network WHO warns against homeopathy use

Drugs and Diseases Homeopathy not a cure, says WHO

NetDoctor Homeopathy ‘not a cure’ for disease

The Millenium Project WHO does not recommend the use of homeopathy for HIV, malaria, TB, influenza and infant diarrhoea

hc2d.co.uk Homeopathy not recommended by WHO

PharmiWeb.com Homeopathy: No Science, No Proof, No Cure

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation WHO warns against homeopathy use

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation WHO warns against homeopathy use

El Pais, Spain La OMS desaconseja el uso de la homeopatia para el tratamiento del sida o la malaria

L’Express, France Faut-il se mefier de l’homeopathie?

NU.nl, Netherlands WHO waarschuwt voor homeopathie

Eesti Paevaleht, Estonia WHO hoiatab HIVi ja malaaria homoopaatilise ravi eest

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland WHO varoittaa homeopaattisista hoidoista

Corriere della Sera, Italy Oms: preoccupazione per la diffusione dell’omeopatia nel terzo mondo

Delfi, Lithuania Pasauline sveikatos organizacija ispeja del homeopatijos naudojimo

Polskie Radio, Poland WHO ostrzega przed homeopatia

Journal of Turkish Weekly WHO warns against homeopathy use

The Times of India Homeopathy doesn’t help in HIV, TB, malaria

Thaindian News, Thailand People with HIV, TB, malaria should not rely on homeopathy, says WHO

The News, Pakistan WHO warns against homeopathy treatments

Estadao.com.br, Brazil OMS alerta para risco de homeopatia contra Aids e malaria

Excelsior, Mexico Desaconseja OMS homeopatia para sida, tuberculosis o malaria

SurySur, Argentina El imposible caso del Dr. House homeopata

Le Mauricien, Mauritius Dangerous homeopathy

Radio Netherlands Worldwide Sceptics want homeopathy banned in Africa, RADIO INTERVIEW



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