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Agreement between AYUSH Ministry and WHO to globalise and promote traditional medicine as practice

The Ministry of AYUSH and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed a historic Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) on May 13 for cooperation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine.

Ajit M Sharan Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH

Ajit M Sharan
Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH

The PCA titled Co-operation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine between WHO and AYUSH, India, 2016-2020 was signed by Ajit M Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, and Dr Marie Kieny, Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Innovations, WHO, in Geneva.

Dr Marie Kieny Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Innovations, WHO

Dr Marie Kieny
Assistant Director General, Health Systems and Innovations, WHO

The PCA aims to support WHO in the development and implementation of the WHO Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023 and promotion of traditional medicine as a practice globally.

Key Takeaways

  • Will deliver for the first time WHO benchmark document for training in Yoga, and WHO benchmarks for practice in Ayurveda, Unani and Panchakarma
  • Will contribute significantly to the strengthening of national capacities, including in establishing regulatory frameworks for traditional medicine products
  • Will functionally integrate AYUSH in Indias national health programmes
  • Will align with the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023
  • Will set an example for the adoption of a pluralistic healthcare delivery system allowing development and practice of every recognised medical system
  • Will enable Indias long-term collaboration with the WHO in fostering the global promotion and integration of AYUSH systems of medicine, including through the inclusion of Ayurveda and Unani in the International Classification of Diseases and the International Classification of Health Interventions

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