Jardins du monde is an association which aims to improve the health of populations that have little access to medicine and conventional medicines - through the use of medicinal plants. Jardins du monde can have an influence on the entire planet, according to the demands that are made by local associations, cooperatives, institutions or other NGOs. Noting that most people in the world cannot afford to buy conventional drugs, Jardins du Monde encourages the use of medicinal plants whose effectiveness is scientifically proven. This association was founded in 1997 with the initiative of Jean-Pierre Nicolas in response to health emergencies, in particular, the lack of essential drugs during the waves of violence in Guatemala.
First, ethnobotanical surveys are administered to identify local traditional pharmacopoeia. After botanical identification of plants, JDM researches information in scientific literature about their toxicity and therapeutic effectiveness - in order to select valued species. The next step is to create medicinal plant gardens that will be used to support training activities. In all cases, the actions of JDM, which are governed by a code of ethics, are in consultation and partnership with the local population. Jardins du Monde is in fact, adapting its strategy to improve health in a cultural context.
Jardins du monde offers an alternative to exporting medicines and to the western scientific model. This involves developing specific knowledge and treatment for the culture and resources for companies by including the local population in the process.
Through its actions, Jardins du monde contributes by making medicine accessible to people who don't necessarily have the means to obtain them. The association promotes traditional medicines used in health care, such as those recommended by the World Health Organization.
Jardins du monde is working in or has worked in, Burkina Faso, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Madagascar and Tibet. Most of the activities are currently focused in Burkina Faso and Madagascar, where local teams coordinate and monitor the quality of production of the medicinal plants, health training, etc.