WHO, AYUSH Ministry begin work on global strategy on traditional medicine
In a significant move towards integration of Indian traditional medicines into global healthcare, the World Health Organisation in collaboration with the Union Ayush Ministry has started working towards preparation of Traditional Medicine Global Strategy 2025-34.
The Ministry and the global health agency recently inked a pact with an aim to standardize the traditional and complementary medical systems, integrate their quality and safety aspects into the national health system, and disseminate them at the international level.
Other major objectives of the agreement include efforts to strengthen the system of training and practice in the field of complementary medicine System ‘Siddha’, formulation of guidelines for the listing of traditional and complementary medicines, safety and related efforts, etc.
An international herbal pharmacopoeia of herbs found in South-East Asia will be developed by the Ministry in collaboration with WHO.
Efforts will be made under this agreement to integrate evidence-based Traditional and Complementary Medicines with the National Health System, conservation and management of biodiversity and medicinal plants, etc.
On this occasion, Union Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sononwal said that India has been the center of culture of many traditional and alternative medical systems since ancient times. Such global efforts by the Ministry to strengthen the National Health System will definitely give India a global identity in the field of healthcare services and promote medical tourism in India. This effort of the Ministry is one more step taken towards the global success of India.
Ayush Secretary, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, said, in his virtual message during the signing event that the first phase of this agreement, 2023-28, will prove to be a milestone in the global development of traditional and complementary medical systems.
According to Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director General, Universal Health Coverage and Life Course Division, WHO, this collaboration agreement will bring traditional and complementary medicine systems into the mainstream of India’s National Health System and serve the objective of global healthcare and well-being.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Indra Mani Pandey, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Indian Government in Geneva, said, “India is committed to working with WHO to strengthen Traditional Medicine Systems globally and especially in supporting fellow developing countries in promoting their own traditional medicine systems.”