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Venezuela LMHI Report 2008

On February 6, 2001, the National Commission of Complementary Therapies (CONATEC) was created.

The commission has a permanent nature and is aimed at advising the ministry of health and social development in the analysis, revision, preparation, implementation and evaluation of standards in the complementary therapies area, as well as the regulation and monitoring of good practices, teaching and research within this field. Later on, the same year, the approval of CONATEC's operational internal regulations and the definitive creation of the work teams, appeared in the official Journal No 5560.Teams have always been formed by duly trained homeopathic physicians and members of the Venezuelan Society of Homeopathic Medicine, together with other complementary therapy specialists. Their objective is to constitute a link between the ministry of health and the national universities, in order to create regulation and practice strategies for these specialties in Venezuela, so that they are included into the national health system.Until last year, we, as a national professional group, had focused our strategies on two main fields:-legal: through the participation in the discussions concerning the new health law, in order to get the approval of several articles that aim at including the complementary therapies in the legal code.-academic: through the preparation of a syllabus for the different types of academic education.

This year we are discussing a specific 'issue, which is the approval of a syllabus at the upel, a national experimental university, with the objective of opening a program to obtain a diploma in registered homeopathy. It has very solid bases regarding doctrine, semiology, principles and foundations of the Hahnemann homeopathy, since the teaching staff is constituted by graduates of the Venezuelan medical homeopathic school, who are also pursuing a master`s degree in teaching and education at national universities.

In Venezuela, we are convinced that the patient`s well-being through homeopathy has to be joined by our efforts to improve health policies.We should be aware of the fact that the main contribution is knowledge in order to achieve social and academic transformation, therefore, our goal in the short term is that homeopathy is present at the universities, since it would be a priceless tool in the promotion of the humanistic knowledge of medicine.We want to foster education and research as a platform that makes homeopathy extend toward social service and health care, and in this sense we would like to thank in advanced all the cooperation that the league may grant as an international organization, so that we can all together give homeopathy the recognition it deserves.



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