The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the Agreement for collaborative activities.
- The agreement is to be signed in the area of Traditional Medicine between Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the World Health Organization.
- The expenditure for carrying out collaborative activities will be met from the allocated budget under the existing plan schemes of Ministry of AYUSH.
- AYUSH and WHO would subsequently take up other mutually agreed activities and initiatives that could encompass multilateral collaboration for promotion of Traditional and Complementary Medicine/Systems (T&CM) including development of the WHO publication on the Basic terminologies for T&CM; establishment of a database for global T & CM practitioners; establishment of a network of international regulatory cooperation for T&CM practice.
Advantages of collaboration with WHO
- It would help in improving International acceptability and branding of Ayush systems.
- It would facilitate awareness generation regarding AYUSH systems of Medicine by means of education, skill development, workshops, publications and exchange programs between AYUSH and WHO for capacity building, facilitate advocacy and dissemination of information on AYUSH systems amongst the Member States;
- collaboration with third Parties for creating synergies in implementation of WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 particularly in the context of AYUSH systems.
- It will help in better international acceptability of Indian Systems:
- i. Benchmarks for training in Yoga;
- ii. Benchmarks for practice in Ayurveda;
- iii. Benchmarks for practice in Unani Medicine; and
- iv. Benchmarks for practice in Panchakarma
- Within the United Nations framework, World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health.
- Ministry of AYUSH has the mandate to promote, propagate and globalize the recognized Traditional and Complementary Systems of Medicine (T&CM) including Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathy, proposes to collaborate and cooperate with the World Health Organization.