Health written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Science, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to prevent homeopathists providing homeopathic treatments for malaria prevention in place of conventional anti-malaria prophylactics; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

In July 2005, the Health Protection Agency's Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention in UK Travellers (ACMP) recommended against the use of homeopathic remedies for the prevention of malaria, stating that

"there is no scientific proof that homeopathic remedies are effective for the prevention of malaria".

The committee advised that anyone travelling to any country where malaria may be caught should visit their general practitioner or travel centre and should follow their advice on which medicines to take, the dose to take, and how long to take the medicines before travelling and after returning home.

The Faculty of Homeopaths supports Government guidance on malaria prevention and worked with the ACMP on its warning against the use of homeopathic remedies for this purpose.

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