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The Medicinal Plants Program works to promote the production, research and use of herbal medicines in public health care in the region around the Itaipu reservoir in Brazil and Paraguay.
 
 
The initiative works together with farmers and others involved in the production chain of medicinal plants, in order to develop this segment and offer new employment and income alternatives that respect regional biodiversity.
 
In each bank, Itaipu maintains herb gardens. In Brazil, it is located within Bela Vista Biological Refuge, and is a germplasm conservation and maintenance area with about 130 species that supports the productive, educational and research sectors. The nursery produces about 35,000 seedlings of 85 adapted native and exotic species.
 
In over 14 years, Itaipu has promoted the training of thousands of health professionals and public health agents and community members in general, and also distributed for 7 years medicinal teas with the purpose of encouraging the use of herbal medicine as an alternative practice within the Unified Health System (SUS).
 
 
In Paraguay, the herb garden is at the Itaipu Environmental Center. There are produced annually about 25 thousand seedlings of 70 species. They are distributed to farmers, universities, communities and people interested in the project. The site also has a structure for drying, packaging and quality control for distribution of herbal products.
The Medicinal Plants Program works to promote the production, research and use of herbal medicines in public health care in the region around the Itaipu reservoir in Brazil and Paraguay.
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