Ayush Aahar

A progressove step has been taken by the Union Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) in the direction of promoting nutritional diet, and healthy living among the Indian people.

This new step is one of the first among the many to come, for the promotion of a healthy diet and aligns perfectly with the Prime Minister Modi’s vision of health for all.

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About Ayush Aahar

  • “Aahar” is a hindi word which translates to “Diet” in English.
  • It is a pilot project started in the Ayush Bhawan situated in delhi.
  • These healthy meals are offered in the canteen of Ayush Bhawan.
    • Following are some of the meals which are being offered as of now:
      1. Vegetable Poha,
      2. Bhajani Vada,
      3. Gajar Ka Halwa,
      4. and Kokum Drink.
  • The project has a mechanism of taking feedback using a feedback form provided to those who avail the meals. This feedback is said to be used to improvise upon the services and also while deciding to introduce new meals in the canteen under the project.
  • It is launched by the Union Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
  • According to the PIB, the ministry has, in its press statement, embarked upon their objectives of focusing on Education, Research, Manufacturing, Public Health, and Governance this year in 2022. It is also reported to be working on a single window system to streamline, and simplify the whole project.

Previous Important Initiatives undertaken by AYUSH Ministry

After the increased focus on personal health and importance given by Prime Minister Modi in this field post the beginning of COVID -1 9 pandemic, various government ministries related to healthcare have increased their activities and so has the Ministry of AYUSH. In the recent few years, the central government has launched various important schemes and projects at the national scale, the prominent ones among them are explained below in brief.

National Ayush Mission

Originally launched by the department of AYUSH under the Union Ministry of Health, and Family Welfare, Government of India, it is now managed and executed by the Ministry of AYUSH, after it was separated from the health ministry and given the status of a new ministry itself.

The National AYUSH Mission or NAM in short aims to:

  • Strengthening of educational systems.
  • Enforcement of strict quality control measures of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani, and Homoeopathy (ASU & H) drugs.
  • Sustainable availability of ASU & H raw-materials.

All that to promote the AYUSH medical systems via cost effective AYUSH services.

The NAM works through the national mission in synergy with the corresponding state level mission to increase its outreach as far as possible.

Objectives

  • By using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) promote the cultivation of medicinal plants so as to maintain a steady and sustainable supply of raw materials for the manufacturing of ASU & H drugs.
  • To increase the institutional capacity of in the country by upgrading:
    • ASU & H Enforcement System
    • State Government ASU & H Pharmacies
    • AYUSH Educational Institutions
    • Drug Testing Labs
  • Provide universal AYUSH services in an inexpensive by:
    • Upgrading AYUSH hospitals/clinics, and pharmacies
    • Providing Ayush facilities at District Hospitals (DHs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Primary Health Centres (PHCs).
  • Promote setting up of clusters for entrepreneurs across the nation via the convergence of cultivation, warehousing, value addition, and marketing & development of core infrastructure.

Visit the attached link to read in more detail about the National Ayush Mission.

Aahaar Kranti Mission

Central government launched the Aahaar Kranti mission to spread awareness about good nutrition. It will also focus on addressing the key challenges to hunger and diseases across the globe. The mission has been jointly launched by:

  1. Vigyan Prasar (an autonomous body under the Ministry of Science, and Technology),
  2. Vijnana Bharati (Vibha),
  3. Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats’ Forum (GIST),
  4. and Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark (PRABHASS).

The mission was launched with the motto of “Uttam Aahaar – Uttam Vichaar” which translates to “Good Diet-Good Cognition” in English.

The initiative by using the rich knowledge of Ayurveda based nutrition promotes the significance and importance of the local fruits, and vegetables; the healing powers of a balanced diet; and the richness, and value of India’s traditional diet.

India’s Performance in Key Health Indicators

Over the last two decades India’s ranking has deteriorated in the Global Hunger Index (GHI).

  • Global Hunger Index 2021 Rank: 101 out of 116
  • Global Hunger Index 2021 Score: 27.5
  • Underweight children below the age of 5: 35.7 %
  • Stunted children below the age of 5: 38.4 %
  • Wasted children below the age of 5: 21.0 %

The statistics on stunting, wasting and underweight children is sourced from National Family Health Survey (NFHS) (2015 – 2017).

Digital Initiatives in Ayush Sector

Following are some of the latest online portals launched to provide better and faster access to information and government services:

  1. Clinical Trial Registry of India (CTRI)
  2. Research Management Information System (RMIS)
  3. Showcase of Ayurveda Historical Imprints (SAHI)
  4. Ayush Manuscripts Advanced Repository (AMAR)
  5. Electronic – Medical Heritage Accession (e-Medha)

Ayush Clinical Case Repository Portal

The portal showcases the strengths and advantages of AYUSH health system for treatment, cure, and prevention of various diseases and conditions and to promote it at par with Allopathy across the nation.

AYUSH Sanjivani Application

The application will provide documented studies about the efficiency of some AYUSH interventions in the treatment, diagnostics, and prevention of some diseases including COVID – 19.

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