WHO And India Ink Historic Landmark Agreement To Promote Traditional Medicine Systems Globally

On the 13th of May, 2016, in Geneva, Dr Mary Kieny, WHO Assistant Director General in the field of Health Systems and Innovations and Mr Ajit Sharan, Secretary of the Indian Government’s Ministry of AYUSH signed a historic PCA (project Collaboration Agreement) that will see the two parties cooperate and promote traditional and complementary medicine while keeping intact the basal aspects of quality, efficacy and safety.

What this means is that traditional Indian medicine systems, of which Ayurveda is an integral part, will get better and unbiased representation on a global scale. Of course, this would require establishing regulatory frameworks that will detail the type and manner of products and practices that are to find its way into the different national healthcare systems. The PCA signed covers a four-year span i.e. 2016-2020.

Mr. Sharan outlined the unique example that India has set over the years in having successfully adopted and facilitated pluralistic health-care delivery systems; the benefits of which are being reaped by people in a country of a billion plus population, across different socio-economic backgrounds.

As a direct result of this PCA, the AYUSH medicinal systems, specifically Ayurveda and Unani shall have the chance to be promoted and integrated into the World Health Organization’s  ICD (International Classification of Diseases) and ICHI (International Classification of Health Interventions) for future global medical industry consumption.