• The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and the Government of India have inked an agreement to establish the W.H.O. Global Centre for Traditional Medicine.
  • This global knowledge centre for traditional medicine is supported by an investment of USD 250 million from the Government of India.
  • The new W.H.O. centre will be established in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. While Jamnagar will serve as the hub, the new centre is being designed to engage and benefit all regions of the world.
  • It will concentrate on building a solid evidence base for policies and standards on traditional medicine practices and products and help countries integrate it as appropriate into their health systems and regulate its quality and safety for optimal and sustainable impact.
  • The new centre focuses on four main strategic areas: evidence and learning; data and analytics; sustainability and equity; and innovation and technology to optimize the contribution of traditional medicine to global health and sustainable development.

Objectives of GCTM

  • Build the knowledge base that will allow T&CM to be managed actively through appropriate national policies that understand and recognize the role and potential of T&CM.
  • Strengthen the quality assurance, safety, proper use and effectiveness of T&CM by regulating products, practices and practitioners through T&CM education and training, skills development, services and therapies.
  • Promote universal health coverage by integrating T&CM services in health service delivery and self-health care by capitalizing on their potential contribution to improve health services and health outcomes, and by ensuring users can make informed choices about self-health care.