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Kenya and China eye deeper collaborations in traditional medicine
author:David Njaagasource:The Standard 2024-07-02 [Medicine]
Kenya and China are exploring deeper collaborations in conventional medicine, aiming to integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices into Kenya's healthcare system.

Participants during the 2024 Kenya-China Medicine Expo in Nairobi. [Standard, File]


The initiative seeks to enhance mutual understanding and facilitate knowledge sharing, potentially leading to joint research and development efforts.



The 2024 Kenya-China Medicine Expo, held from June 27-29 at the Sarit Expo Center in Nairobi, was a pivotal platform for these endeavours.

The event attracted over 1,000 participants eager to engage with TCM therapies and philosophies.

Hosted by Kenyatta University, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce (Shandong), the expo featured a diverse range of displays, including medicinal herbs, herbal teas, massage sticks, and acupuncture models.

Visitors had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the holistic approach of TCM towards health and wellness.

Dr. Chen Jun, a TCM practitioner offered on-site consultations and treatments, allowing attendees to experience firsthand the benefits of TCM therapies.

Government officials, including Phyllis Kandie, advisor on commodities markets development at the Executive Office of the President, Pius Rotich, general manager of the Kenya Investment Authority, and Henry Rotich, director of the Kenya Bureau of Standards, were among the guests.