the agency

The Nigeria Natural Medicine Development agency (NNMDA) was established in 1997 to enable the Federal Government of Nigeria through Federal Ministry of Science & Technology (FMST) actualize its critical and strategic mandate to research, develop, document. Preserve, conserve and promote Nigeria’s Natural Medicine (Traditional/indigenous Healthcare systems, medications and non-medications healing arts, science & Technology) and assist facilitate their integration into the National Healthcare Delivery System. As well as contribute to the Nation’s wealth and job creation, socio-economic growth and development effort.

our vision

To be an internationally recognized research, development, documentation & promotion Institute for Nigeria & Natural Medicine knowledge, products, practices and work to facilitate its integration into the national health care delivery system, and assist improve healthcare delivery and contribute to job, wealth creation and national socio economic growth and development of the country.

our mission

To facilitate active national and international cooperative and collaborative research & development, documentation and promotion efforts for Nigeria s Natural Medicine endowments and engender the utilization of science, technology &innovation for the development and production of safe & efficacious traditional therapies and extracts and facilitate their integration into the national healthcare delivery system for improved healthcare delivery, job and wealth creation

digital library/ict

  • Responsible for gathering, collating, developing, managing and disseminating Traditional Medicine Knowledge and Practice (TMKP) information locally and internationally.
  • Supports the information provision and management on Traditional Medicine (TM) for the Agency
  • Development and management of Traditional Medicine Virtual Library – a dedicated focal reference centre for TM
  • Promotion of e-commerce and creating market for indigenous MAPPs and other TM resources.
  • Development and maintenance of database of Research works/findings in MAPPs/TM from Higher Educational and Research Institutions in Nigeria.

mandate of the agency

  • Research, collate, document, develop, promote and preserve knowledge, practice and products of Natural Medicine (Traditional Systems, Traditional Medication and non Medication Healing Arts, Sciences and Technology) with a view to facilitating its integration into the National Healthcare Delivery System.
  • Identify, document and maintain a comprehensive National Inventory of Nigeria’s Medicinal, Aromatic and Pesticidal Plants (MAPPs), animal and animal parts and minerals and other natural products, used for human and veterinary/livestock healthcare management, maintenance, care and support.
  • Facilitate the Cultivation, preservation and conservation of MAPPs and maintain pilot and/or experimental medicinal farms, gardens and herbaria in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria and promote sustainable use of natural medicine resources through the development of good Agro-techniques for the cultivation and conservation of medicine plants.
  • Develop and maintain Herbarium of Nigeria Medicinal Plants as focal reference centre for research & development.
  • Promote the production of standardized extracts, nutraceuticals, health foods, dietary supplements, body care products and galenicals of Traditional remedies from local herbs and MAPPs through appropriate public¬private partnership schemes, for further research and commercialization.
  • Facilitate the development of low cost and appropriate process and packaging technologies for small and medium scale industrial production and commercialization of Traditional Medicines.
  • Develop post-harvest and process technologies on collection, process and storage of Medicinal Aromatic and Pesticidal Plant materials to ensure good quality stock and proper value addition to end products and formulations.
  • Promote manpower development and training, public sensitization and awareness creation in all areas of Natural medicines (indigenous traditional health systems, medication and non-medication healing arts, sciences and technologies).
  • Initiate appropriate mechanisms for the development of Intellectual Property Right regime (IPR) for Traditional Medicine Knowledge and Practice (TMKP).
  • Develop a Digital Virtual Library, a dedicated focal reference centre for research and development of Traditional Medicine and Medicinal, Aromatic and Pesticidal Plants (MAPPs) of Nigeria.
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