The government has established 26 AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) information cells in 24 countries to raise awareness about the AYUSH systems of medicine abroad, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik informed the Lok Sabha recently.

In a written reply to a question raised in the lower house of parliament on April 7, Naik said the information cells were set up in foreign countries under the aegis of Indian embassies or missions and cultural centres established by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) or at a venue suggested by the Indian missions.

The information cells were established for dissemination of authentic information and to take up awareness building about AYUSH systems of medicine abroad.

The countries where the AYUSH information cells have been set up include Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, Cuba, Hungary, Russia (two cells), Indonesia (two cells), Mauritius, Slovenia, Sweden, China, Dubai, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Finland, Argentina, Serbia, Israel, Tajikistan, Peru, Tanzania, Switzerland, Venezuela and the UK.

AYUSH information cells help in global promotion and propagation of AYUSH systems of medicine which would lead to signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with foreign governments, universities or institutes, for country to country cooperation in the field of traditional systems of medicine, setting up of AYUSH academic chairs and undertaking collaborative research.

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