WHO establishes Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India

The WHO director and the Prime Minister to be unitedly present at the program on April 19

Traditional medicine, also known as non-conventional medicine is a mainstream healthcare system in many countries and in some it serves as a complement to it. The WHA ( World Health Assembly)  resolution on Traditional Medicine (WHA62.13), adopted in 2009, requested the WHO Director-General to update the WHO Traditional medicine strategy 2002-2005, based on countries' progress and current new challenges in the field of traditional medicine. In some cases, it can also be said that often underestimated in many circumstances.
The World Health Assembly is the decision making body of WHO. It is attended by delegates from all WHO member states and  focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main function of WHA is to determine the policies of the organisation. 
It is also a safe, respectful, cost-efficient and effective manner of treatment. The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 thus reappraises and builds on the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002.-2005, and sets out the course for TM and CM (T&CM) in the next decade.
It is expected that this institution will be able to establish itself in the field of wellness at an international level also. It will also use all the AYUSH methods of treatment in India.
The foundation stone of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine will be laid on April 19 in Jamnagar. The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Prevendra Kumar Jagannath and WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will arrive in India for this occasion. It is to be notified that this will be the first institute in the world for traditional medicine.
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It is expected that this institution will be able to establish itself in the field of wellness at an international level also. It will also use all the AYUSH methods of treatment in India. This Centre will add strength to the efforts of using traditional forms of medicine to further global wellness.
Prime Minister through a tweet said "It is a matter of great pride for every Indian that on the afternoon of the 19th, the foundation stone of the @WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine will be laid. This Centre will add strength to the efforts of using traditional forms of medicine to further global wellness".
"Around 80% of the world's population is estimated to use traditional medicine. To date, 170 of the 194 WHO Member States have reported the use of traditional medicine, and their governments have asked for WHO's support in creating a body of reliable evidence and data on traditional medicine practices and products," according to WHO. For many millions of people around the world, traditional medicine is the first port of call to treat many diseases," said the Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.



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