What is the News?
The Prime Minister has laid the foundation stone of the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Note: The first Ayurvedic University that was established in the world was also in Jamnagar.
What is WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM)?
Setup by: Ministry of Ayush and World Health Organization(WHO).
Purpose: It will serve as a knowledge centre for traditional medicine.
Focus Areas: The center will focus on five main areas: 1) research and leadership, 2) evidence and learning, 3) data and analytics, 4) sustainability and equity and 5) innovation and technology,
Goals: The five goals for the new GCTM are:
First, to create a database of traditional knowledge system using technology;
Second, it can create international standards for testing and certification of traditional medicines so that confidence in these medicines improves.
Third, it should evolve as a platform where global experts of traditional medicines come together and share experiences.
Fourth, it should mobilize funding for research in the field of traditional medicines.
Finally, it should develop protocols for the holistic treatment of specific diseases so that patients could benefit from both traditional and modern medicine.
Significance: GCTM will be the first and only global outpost centre for traditional medicine across the world. It will emerge as an international hub of global wellness.
Source: This post is based on the article “PM lays the foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar” published in PIB on 19th April 2022.