In an information release by Press Information Bureau on 14th
May 2016, Ministry of AYUSH Government of India and the World
Health organization (WHO) have signed an historic Project
Collaboration Agreement (PCA) for cooperation on
promoting the quality, safety and effectiveness of service
provision in traditional and complementary medicine.
The PCA agreement will become functional between 2016 and 2020. It
was mentioned that the aim of the PCA agreement is to support WHO
in the development and implementation of the 'WHO Traditional
and Complementary Medicine Strategy: 2014-2023' and will
contribute to the global promotion of traditional Indian Systems of
A BOOST FOR TRADITIONAL MEDICINE:
The PCA further aims to deliver WHO benchmark documents for
training in Yoga, for practice in Ayurveda, Unani and Panchakarma.
Subsequently, these will ensure in establishing regulatory
frameworks for traditional medicine products and practice and
promote their integration in national healthcare systems.
The minister of AYUSH Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik highlighted the
numerous initiatives undertaken to functionally integrate AYUSH in
India's national health programmes and for achieving Universal
Health Coverage. The Minister also mentioned the initiatives and
activities undertaken in India to align with the WHO Traditional
Medicine Strategy 2014-2023. Further India's unique example for
adopting pluralistic health care delivery system that allows every
recognized medical system to develop and be practiced with a view
to provide integrated and holistic healthcare services was quoted
by the minister.
SIGNIFICANCE OF PCA
The recognition of India's rich experience in the
development and governance of traditional medicine is the main
significance of PCA with WHO. The agreement will pave the way for
India's long-term collaboration with the WHO
"in fostering the global promotion and integration
of AYUSH systems of medicine including through the inclusion of
Ayurveda and Unani in the International Classification of diseases
and the International Classification of Health
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