'Gujarat Declaration' outlining the outcome of the first WHO Traditional Medicine Global Summit 2023 released

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released the outcome document of the first WHO Traditional Medicine Global Summit 2023 as the "Gujarat Declaration".

An Overview of the News

  • The "Gujarat Manifesto" reaffirms the global commitment to traditional medicine for health and wellness.

  • This emphasizes the need for rigorous scientific methods to understand and implement holistic and context-specific healthcare approaches.

  • India, as the host of the WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine in Gujarat, plays an important role in supporting Member States and taking forward the work agenda of the summit.

  • Key objectives include enhancing evidence-based traditional complementary integrative medicine (TCIM), promoting standardized documentation, and establishing a global network of TCIM reference clinical centers.

  • The declaration emphasizes leveraging digital health technologies, especially artificial intelligence, for digital resources related to TCIM.

  • The summit was organized by WHO and co-hosted by the Ministry of AYUSH in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 17 - 18 August 2023.

AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy):-

  • The Ministry of AYUSH was established on 9 November 2014to revive the knowledge of traditional Indian systems of medicine.

  • It focuses on education and research in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.

  • AYUSH Minister - Sarbananda Sonowal

World Health Organization (WHO)

  • It is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

  • Established - April 7, 1948

  • "World Health Day" - 7 April

  • Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland

  • Director General - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia

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