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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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