The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that people suffering from conditions such as tuberculosis (TB), malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) should not depend on homoeopathic treatments.

The statement comes in response to calls from the research group Voice of Young Science Network who say the promotion of homoeopathy in the developing world is putting lives at risk, the BBC reports.

In June 2009, the group wrote to the WHO asking it to condemn the promotion of homoeopathy for treating TB, infant diarrhoea, influenza, malaria and HIV.

WHO Stop TB department director Mario Raviglione said evidence-based WHO TB treatment/management guidelines do not recommend the use of homeopathy.