India and WHO discuss Integrating Traditional and modern Medicine

Sanjay Verma met with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday to discuss strengthening India-WHO ties and working together for global health and well-being.

Sanjay Verma, the Secretary (West) of the Ministry of External Affairs, met with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, on Monday for a ‘pleasant, fruitful discussion’ on how to strengthen India-WHO relations.

The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva stated on Twitter that they have discussed strengthening India-WHO ties and collaborating for global health and well-being, which includes traditional medicine and digital health.
India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva tweeted:

Following up on the ‘first-of-its-kind’ collaboration between the World Health Organization’s Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) and a traditional medical centre in Jamnagar, Gujarat, as reported by ANI on April 19, WHO chief Tedros said in a tweet, “Pleased to meet my friend @SanjayVermalFS, #India’s Vice-Minister of External Affairs, to discuss a way forward on the establishment of the @WHOGlobal TradMed.”

The goal of establishing GCTM is to combine traditional and technological medicine.

It is a one-of-a-kind effort, according to the ANI report, to build long-term relationships, increase exports, and maintain a healthy ecology.

The goal of establishing GCTM is to integrate traditional medicines with technological advancements, establish regulations and standards, and aid in the implementation of WHO policy.

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In addition, the Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit was held in Gandhinagar, with the goal of attracting investors and showcasing traditional medicine advances.

According to WHO estimates, traditional medicine is used by 80% of the world’s population. Traditional medicine, according to the World Health Organization, is the sum of indigenous and other cultures’ “knowledge, skills, and practises” used to maintain health and prevent, diagnose, and treat physical and mental illness over time. Acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, and herbal mixes are all included in its scope.

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India has committed $250 million to the formation, infrastructure, and operations of the GCTM.

In India, traditional medicine is often defined as yoga, Ayurveda, and Siddha, among other activities and therapies. According to ANI, these medicines and practises have long been a part of Indian culture, while others, such as homoeopathy, have only recently become a part of Indian culture.

The UNDP applauds India’s handling of the COVID-19.

Apart from that, Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, met with Kanni Wignaraja, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Director, on Monday.

According to a tweet by India’s health minister, the UNDP has praised India’s achievement in handling the COVID-19 using modern technology and techniques. During the conference, Shoko Noda, a UNDP India official, was also present. Meanwhile, Mandaviya stated that he discussed ways to improve digital interventions in order to make health care more accessible to all.

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