First-ever WHO traditional medicine summit to ponder on pathway to universal health

The world’s first ‘Traditional Medicine Global Summit’ will be held on 17-18 August in Gandhinagar. The summit will be jointly hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Indian government.

The high-profile event will serve as a platform for experts and practitioners to delve into the latest scientific advancements and evidence-based knowledge in the sector, with the ultimate goal of ensuring health and well-being for all.

The summit is expected to develop a roadmap toward creating a more holistic and healthier future by recognizing the interconnectedness between human health, planetary harmony, and technological advancement.

India has demonstrated a path for achieving universal health coverage through the traditional medicine system by blending traditional practices with contemporary practices aided by visionary policies and digital initiatives.

The summit is aimed to assist WHO in shaping the future of traditional medicine. It will serve as a comprehensive display of global traditional medicine worldwide and showcase their interconnectedness with the natural environment.

WHO director-general will inaugurate the event in the presence of Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. 

G20 health ministers, regional directors of WHO, and invitees from countries across WHO's six regions are expected to take part in the event along with scientists, practitioners of traditional medicine, health workers, and members of civil society organizations.

The array of speakers will spearhead discussions on key focus areas, namely research, evidence, and learning; policy, data, and regulation; innovation and digital health; and biodiversity, equity, and traditional (healthcare) knowledge.

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