AYUSH joins mainstream with entry into WHO international classification of diseases

The data and terminology relating to diseases based on Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani systems will now be included in the WHO's ICD11 classification. This move is expected to lead to global uniformity in ASU (Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha) medicine as a code of vocabulary defining diseases.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICDs) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify diseases internationally. Till now, the global data on diseases was collected mainly through diagnosis using modern biomedicine. This left out data based on AYUSH systems such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, etc.

With the inclusion of the AYUSH stream in the WHO ICD classification, further expansion is expected in the research, development, and insurance coverage of AYUSH streams, thus strengthening India’s public healthcare delivery system. Additionally, these codes will also be used in the formulation of future strategies to control various diseases in society.

The categorization of data and terminology related to diseases based on AYUSH - Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani systems under the TM2 module of the ICD11 series was prepared by the Ministry of Ayush in collaboration with the WHO. Infectious diseases like Malaria and lifestyle diseases like chronic insomnia are included in this classification.

Under ICD-11, there will be an international coding of terminology and the names and data of prevalent diseases of ASU Medicine will be notified through the TM2 module. ICD11 will be released on 10th January 2024 in New Delhi in the joint presence of officials from WHO and the Ministry of AYUSH.


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