WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine inaugurated in Jamnagar, Gujarat

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PM Modi inaugurated the WHO-Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

  • He laid the foundation stone in the presence of Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General and the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.

  • The first of its kind, GCTM will be a global centre for traditional medicine around the world.

  • The Centre aims to channel the potential of traditional medicine, by integrating it with technological advancements and evidence-based research. 

  • The centre will focus on data, innovation and sustainability and will optimise the use of traditional medicine.

  • At the centre, the main areas will be research and leadership, evidence and learning, data and analytics, sustainability and equity and innovation and technology. 

  • It provides recognition of India's contribution and potential in traditional medicine.

  • it will support efforts to implement the WHO’s Traditional Medicine Strategy (2014-23) 

  • Jamnagar was chosen for the new centre because more than 50 years ago, the world's first Ayurvedic University was established there.

  • Jamnagar has a quality Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda.

  • According to WHO estimates, 80% of the world’s population uses traditional medicine.

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