3. Policy, Economics, Global Health, Development
The rise of Asian medicine as a major economic force has drawn the attention of politicians and economists, who now seek to claim or defend against patent rights, to claim Intangible Heritage support from UNESCO, or to shore up political platforms based on post-colonial defences of indigeneity.
Questions to discuss:
- Who is tracking the total world supply of Asian medicines (or is WHO tracking them?), and what are the major directions in which government health policy is moving?
- How can individual practitioners and their representative groups, anthropologists and trials researchers keep better track of and help to shape these changes in national and international health policy and regulation?