The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of India have set up a Global Center for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat, to create a reliable piece of evidence and data for practices and products used by millions of people.
“Last month we established the Global Center for Traditional Medicine in India to create a credible evidence and data for practices and products that millions of people use, acknowledging that about 90 percent of member states report on the use of traditional medicine. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanam Ghebreiss said in his inaugural address at the 75th World Health Assembly.
WHO and Government of India have signed an agreement to establish WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine.
The Global Knowledge Center for Traditional Medicine, supported by an investment of US 250 250 million from the Government of India, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine around the world through modern science and technology to improve human and planetary health.
It is estimated that about 80 percent of the world’s population uses traditional medicine.
To date, the WHO has reported the use of traditional drugs in 170 of the 194 member states, and their governments have sought the WHO’s assistance in creating a body of reliable evidence and data on the practice and products of traditional medicine, the WHO said.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, WHO chief and Mauritius Prime Minister Prabind Jagannath laid the foundation stone of the Global Center in Jamnagar.
Modi said that the establishment of WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine would usher in a new era of traditional world medicine.
“While India is now celebrating 75 years of its independence, this ground-breaking event for the center will usher in a new era of traditional medicine in the world in the next 25 years,” Modi said at the event.
“Looking at the growing popularity of healthcare as a whole, I am sure that traditional medicine and this center will be very important for every family in the world 25 years later, when India celebrates 100 years of independence,” he added.
For millions of people around the world, traditional medicine is the first port of treatment for many diseases, says Ghebreissas.
“Ensuring safe and effective treatment access for all is an essential part of WHO’s mission, and this new center will help harness the power of science to strengthen the evidence base of traditional medicine.” I am grateful to the Government of India for its support, and we look forward to making it a success. “
About 40 percent of the currently approved pharmaceutical products are derived from natural substances, which emphasizes the importance of conserving biodiversity and sustainability.