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India and WHO signed a landmark agreement in Geneva in the presence of Hon'ble Minister of State (IC) AYUSH, Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik and Director General of World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, to foster global promotion of Indian Systems of Medicine (AYUSH)

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India and WHO sign a landmark agreement to foster the global promotion of Indian Systems of Medicine (AYUSH)

Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the World Health Organization (WHO) today (May 13, 2016) signed a Project Collaboration Agreement titled “Cooperation on promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service provision in traditional and complementary medicine between WHO and AYUSH, India, 2016-2020” at a special event organized at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

2. Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of AYUSH Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik and the Director-General, WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan witnessed the signing of this landmark agreement that aims to support WHO in the development and implementation of the WHO Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023 and will contribute to the global promotion of traditional Indian Systems of Medicine.

3. The Project Collaboration Agreement for the period 2016-2020 will deliver the for the first time WHO benchmark document for training in Yoga, and WHO benchmarks for practice in Ayurveda, Unani and Panchakarma. These will contribute significantly to the strengthening national capacities in ensuring the quality, safety and effectiveness of traditional medicine including in establishing regulatory frameworks for traditional medicine products and practice and promote their integration in national healthcare systems.

4. Speaking at a Reception hosted by India on this occasion, the Hon'ble Minister recalled the long history and rich heritage of traditional medicine in India and its growing relevance in providing holistic and comprehensive health care. He reiterated the high priority attached by the Government of India for the promotion of traditional medicine both in India and abroad and highlighted the numerous initiatives undertaken to functionally integrate AYUSH in India's national health programmes and for achieving Universal Health Coverage.

5. Hon'ble Minister also mentioned that the initiatives and activities undertaken by India within the country align with the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023. He added that India, in fact, sets a unique example for adopting a pluralistic health care delivery system that allows every recognized medical system to develop and be practiced with a view to provide integrated and holistic healthcare services.

6. The Project Collaboration Agreement with WHO is a further recognition of India's rich experience in the development and governance of traditional medicine. It will pave the way for India's long-term collaboration with the WHO in fostering the global promotion and integration of AYUSH systems of medicine including through the inclusion of Ayurveda and Unani in the International Classification of diseases and the International Classification of Health interventions.

13 May 2016