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India and WHO sign a landmark agreement for Global promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine [Health]

  • Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and World Health Organization (WHO) have signed an historic Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) for cooperation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine.
  • The PCA is titled as 'Co-operation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine between WHO and AYUSH, India, 2016-2020'.
  • It aims to support WHO in the development and implementation of the 'WHO Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023' and will contribute to the global promotion of traditional Indian Systems of Medicine.
  • The PCA for the period 2016-2020 will deliver for the first time WHO benchmark document for training in Yoga, and WHO benchmarks for practice in Ayurveda, Unani and Panchakarma.
  • These will contribute significantly to the strengthening of national capacities in ensuring the quality, safety and effectiveness of traditional medicine including in establishing regulatory frameworks for traditional medicine products and practice and promote their integration in national healthcare systems.
  • The govt. has undertaken numerous initiatives to functionally integrate AYUSH in India's national health programmes and achieving Universal Health Coverage.
  • India sets a unique example for adopting a pluralistic health care delivery system that allows every recognized medical system to develop and be practiced with a view to provide integrated and holistic healthcare services.
  • The WHO is fostering global promotion and integration of AYUSH systems of medicine through the inclusion of Ayurveda and Unani in International Classification of diseases and International Classification of Health interventions.