Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (2004): Supplement 2:
2nd International Congress on Traditional Medicine and Materia Medica
TST programme of USTC
University of Science and Technology Chittagong, Hamdard Foundation, Bangladesh
Alternative medicine in Bangladesh context means Unani/Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medicine. Government recognizes and patronizes allopathic (modern and western) medicine. This system through Government Institutions viz. hospitals and health care centres can offer services to only about 30% people. The other two systems (Unani/Ayurvedic and Homeopathic) can serve 50-60% people.
Limited health manpower, financial resource and low per capita income all contribute to the poor health condition of the people. Alternative medicines are cheap, easily available locally, and popular among the poor. For extension of health care therefore the two systems viz. Modern or Allopathic and Alternative Medicines should work together and in constant comparison with each other. This process will remove misunderstanding between these systems and reveal the strength of each.
USTC therefore introduces these three systems of medicine through TST (Three Systems Together) programme under the same roof for outpatient treatment. This will facilitate treatment as well as research apart from establishing mutual relationship and cooperation.