25 SCO nation-initiative to promote Traditional Medicine

A 25-nation initiative is underway under India’s SCO Presidency to promote Traditional Medicine so that it contributes to the economic development, environment protection and health security of SCO nations. 

An understanding on launching the initiative was reached at the B2B meet and expo organised as part of the National Arogya Summit held recently in Guwahati under the aegis of Ministry of Ayush. 

The event, inaugurated by Minister for Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal, witnessed active participation by Dr. Thet Khaing Win, Minister of Health, Myanmar, Safiyya Mohamed Saeed Deputy Minister of Health, Maldives, and Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai, Minister of State for Ayush, India. 

As many as 214 delegates, including 83 international delegates from 16 SCO Countries and 131 Indian delegates, attended the summit. A noteworthy aspect of the summit was the online participation by China, Russia and Pakistan in the technical sessions.

Ministry of Ayush has taken various initiatives on Traditional Medicine after India assumeds SCO Presidency. These include a virtual conference of experts and practitioners of Traditional Medicine and the First Expert Working Group (EWG) meeting on Traditional Medicine.

The Expert Working Group has prepared the Draft Regulations on Traditional Medicine and it is currently under circulation among SCO nations to make them compliant with each country's administrative procedures. It would be adopted at the Heads of the States Summit. 

The Ministry of Ayush also had a bi-lateral meeting with Myanmar Health Ministry officials on the side-lines of the SCO B2B conference to explore avenues of cooperation on Ayurveda and Traditional Medicine. 

The two sides had signed an MoU on the theme on 29 August 2016. The validity of the MoU has now been extended up to 28 August 2026. The Indian side was led at the bilateral meeting by Mr. Sonowal. The Myanmar side was led by Dr. Thet Khaing Win.

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