WHO Global Summit signifies role of India in Traditional Medicine

Aug 22: Union Minister of Ayush Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said that the ever-first Global Summit on traditional medicine organised by the World Health Organisation, and co-hosted by the Ministry of Ayush, in Gandhinagar, has proved to be historic in many ways. He said “The main outcomes of the global summit will be soon released by World Health Organisation in the form of Gujarat declaration. At the summit, WHO also shared the initial findings of the global survey on Traditional Medicine that clearly indicates that the reach of Traditional Medicine is on the rise across the globe. As per WHO the final survey will be released in November this Year”.

Interacting with the media persons the Union Minister further said that also spelled out the importance of Gujarat Declaration and said that declaration will soon be made public by WHO. “Gujarat Declaration will emphasise that the importance of Traditional Medicine is recognised for the attainment of UHC and WHO’s commitment to work toward it through evidence generation and policy support to member states”, the Minister reiterated. 

Talking about the increasing acceptance of Traditional Medicine worldwide, Sonowal said that initial findings of the latest Global Survey on Traditional Medicine by the World Health Organisation were also placed before the summit participants and were deliberated upon. He further added that the final survey will be released in November this year.  Initial findings of this survey tell us that 97 out of 157 member states of WHO have National Policies regarding Traditional Medicine.

The Union Minister Sonowal elaborated on the Ministry of Ayush’s efforts on expanding the scope and work of Indian Systems of Traditional Medicine and said that five bilateral meets with Nepal, Malaysia, Qatar, Venezuela and Cuba proved very successful. India has invited all the countries involved in the bilateral meeting to share best practices and benefit from the work going on in India in the field of Traditional Medicine. These bilateral meetings have provided an opportunity for renewing ties, and also exploring various initiatives for research, practices, education and training in the field of Ayurveda and other Traditional Medicine system.

The Minister informed that the first-ever Global Summit on Traditional Medicine by World Health Organisation will also be remembered for the firm commitment and vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that resulted in first establishing the Global Centre of Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat and thereafter the first ever Global Summit on Traditional Medicine was also organised in India. The significance of the Summit can be ascertained from the facts that the outcomes of the event will not only be of help in shaping the work scope of the Global Centre of Traditional Medicine but will also reflect in the World Health Organisation’s strategy document for 2025-2034 on Traditional Medicine.

The Union Minister also talked about emerging fields in Traditional Medicine and said that “Digital Health Services are in demand globally, and there is tremendous potential in Traditional Medicine to provide evidence-based health services to the entire mankind These were discussed in detail in this Summit and in coming days a lot of important work will happen through Global Centre of Traditional Medicine of Jamnagar. “

Addressing the media persons the Union Minister further said that the summit gained another advantage as it was held on the sidelines of the G20 Health Ministers meeting and thereby provided an opportunity to Health Ministers of various countries to have discourse on Traditional Medicine on the G20 platform. The outcome of the Health Ministers Meeting of G20 countries is also strongly indicative of the commitment of member countries to the use of scientific and evidence-based Traditional Medicine for Universal Health Coverage.

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