India to host ASEAN countries conference on traditional medicines

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The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Mission to ASEAN and ASEAN Secretariat, is organizing a Conference on Traditional Medicines for ASEAN Countries on 20th July, 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • The aim of the conference is to strengthen cooperation and knowledge sharing between India and ASEAN countries in the field of traditional medicines.

  • The "Act East Policy" launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a new impetus to the strategic partnership between India and ASEAN.

Growth and Achievements of Ministry of AYUSH:

  • The Ministry of AYUSH has seen significant growth since it became an independent ministry in 2014.

  • Collaboration with international organizations and national institutions has allowed high-quality research on AYUSH systems in various health conditions, including non-communicable diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cancer, mental health, and infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

  • The ASEAN conference will serve as a platform for sharing research results and experiences in the field of traditional medicine.

Conference Goals:

  • To facilitate exchange of best practices and recent developments in the regulatory framework for the promotion of traditional medicine in ASEAN member countries.

  • Strengthening international cooperation in AYUSH through collaboration and establishment of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ASEAN countries and other countries.

Participant Details:

  • A total of 75 participants will participate in the conference, including international delegates from eight ASEAN countries and two international delegates participating virtually.

  • Delegates will brainstorm and share ideas on traditional medicine during the one-day conference held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

About Ministry of AYUSH

  • It is a government ministry in India.

  • It is responsible for the development, promotion and regulation of traditional systems of medicine.

  • AYUSH is the abbreviation of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Society and aims to promote education and research of the above.

  • The ministry provides educational and training programs.

Establishment - 2014

Responsible Ministers - Sarbananda Sonowal, Cabinet Minister and Mahendra Munjapara, Minister of State

Ministry Executive - Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary

Ministry of Motherhood - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

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