Traditional Medicine

Traditional Medicine Directorate


To integrate traditional medicine into the country’s health care system, ensuring equitable and proper use of safe, efficacious and quality traditional medicines, and contributing to economic and social development of Zimbabweans.

Mission Statement

In line with the national vision for health, support, promote and advocate for the provision of quality traditional health care for all Zimbabweans through

  • Reviewing and strengthening of policies and legislation impacting on traditional medicine
  • Regulation of the practice of traditional health practitioners and development of a code of ethics
  • Regulation of traditional medicines (raw materials, processed and finished products)
  • Continuing education and training of traditional and allopathic health practitioners
  • Promotion of the proper use of traditional medicine, particularly in primary health care delivery systems
  • Capacity building to strengthen research and development, education and training, and government expertise in coordination of traditional medicine
  • Promotion of research and documentation of safety, efficacy and quality of traditional medical practices and medicines to ensure acceptable standards
  • Promotion and protection of traditional health practitioners
  • Promotion of local production of medicinal plants.
  • Promotion of local, regional and international technical cooperation and exchange;
  • Promotion of and advocacy on the role of traditional medicine in health care systems through dissemination of information inside and outside government, and to the public.
  • Advocating for the conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants and animals in line with national and international conventions on biodiversity and endangered species
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the national policy.


Core Values

The government, through the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoHCW) and other relevant government and non-governmental agencies, commits itself to the following values:

  • Safety, quality and efficacy
  • Promotion and protection of indigenous knowledge
  • Ethical research and practice
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Stakeholder participation

4. Goals, Objectives and Strategies

Health Goal

In pursuance of the goal of the National Health Strategy to harness all available resources for health care delivery traditional medicine will constitute one of the veritable means of promoting Health for All by the year 2010 as enunciated in the National Health Strategy.

Economic Goal

To generate wealth and create employment, while improving quality of life of the people of Zimbabwe. Government is fully cognisant of the potential contribution of TM to economic development in Zimbabwe.

Legal Goal

To develop and/or review policies and legislation impacting on TM research, development and practice; and to establish institutional mechanisms that promote creation of an appropriate environment for implementation of the TM policy.