Who We Are?
The Nigeria Natural Medicine Development agency (NNMDA) was established in 1997 to enable the Federal Government of Nigeria through Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation(FMSTI) 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.
To be an internationally recognized center of excellence in the research, development, documentation and promotion of Nigeria’s indigenous Medicine for sustainable integration into the national healthcare delivery system.
To facilitate the integration of Nigeria’s indigenous Medicine into the national healthcare delivery system through research and development, documentation and promotion and collaboration for enhanced health and wellness of the citizenry
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.