A January 21, 2015 news item in the Kalej Times focused on the the growth of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in the United Arab Emirates. The story, “Alternative medicine growing in UAE with over 200 licensed professionals,” notes that 21 new practitioners have been licensed in the past year “including six homeopathy specialists, two ayurveda practitioners, two hijama, and three chiropractic specialists.” The licensing of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) practitioners is aligned with the World Health Organization strategic plan according to Sassan Behjat, BHMS,MPH,MPA the chair of the January 28 Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine Conference that is part of the huge Arab Healthcare Congress January 26-29, 2015 in Dubai. The day is January 28. Behjat is founder of the Medblend Homeopathy Consultancy in California, USA.
Comment: Interesting to see the directly-referenced influence of the W.H.O. work in this area. While the UAE are said to have been aligning initiatives with the W.H.O. strategies for 20 years, the practitioner regulation is particularly responsive to the 2014-2013 plan which focused in the role of traditional medicine in primary health care. Interesting to see the international line-up in Dubai, including GAHMJ’s associate editor Gunver Kienle, MD of the University of Witten-Herdecke in Germany. GAHMJ founding editor David Riley, MD kicking off the conference which has a case reports focus.