WHO Appoints Nigerian as Member of Committee on Traditional Medicine

Prof. Olobayo Olufunsho Kunle

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appointed Prof. Olobayo Olufunsho Kunle of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) as a member of its regional expert advisory committee on traditional medicine for COVID-19.

A letter dated June 30, 2020 and signed by WHO’s Regional Director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said Kunle was appointed given his wealth of experience in the subject.

“The World Health Organisation and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are joining efforts to support member-states on research and development of traditional medicine-based therapies against COVID-19. For this purpose, a Regional Expert Advisory Committee is being established.

“The committee will provide scientific advice regarding the compliance of the country clinical trial protocols with international standards and will also support the development of a master protocol and its implementation in countries for conducting clinical trials, elevating standards through pooling expertise for multi-centre studies.”