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April 10: World Homoeopathy Day

The World Homoeopathy Day is observed every year on April 10 to pay tribute to Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, founder and father of Homeopathy system of medicine.

Observance of the day seeks to spread more knowledge about this form of medicine in the mainstream public health. This year it is 262nd birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy.

On this occasion, AYUSH Ministry, had organised International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day with theme “Enhancing Quality Research in Homoeopathy through scientific evidence and rich clinical experiences”.

About Homeopathy

  • Homeopathy as a system of medicine was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Germany in 1796. Now it is one of the major forms of treatment, adapted by most of the doctors of the world.
  • It second most widely used system of treatment. It is one of the major medical practices used to cure the diseases worldwide. This system of medicine uses a unique way of treatment by stimulating body’s own healing power.
  • It is an alternative to the standard medicine system. The entire concept of this system of treatment is different to the other conventional forms of medicines.
  • Homoeopathy is widely popular and recognized in India and has been integrated into the national health care systems.

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AYUSH Ministry, ASCI ink MoU to co-regulate advertisements in AYUSH sector

The Union Ministry of AYUSH and Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) have signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to co-regulate malpractices in the advertisement of AYUSH sector.

ASCI will comprehensively monitor these advertisements across print and electronic media with respect to AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) drugs, treatments and related services.

Key Facts
  • The Ministry of AYUSH has given ASCI a self-monitoring mandate to identify potentially misleading advertisement in the AYUSH sector and process complaints through its Consumer Complaints Council (CCC).
  • The Ministry will also redirect complaints against misleading advertisements they receive, to the ASCI, which will be reviewed using ASCI’s code and guidelines.
  • The MoU also requires ASCI to report to the Ministry of AYUSH, all advertisements in potential violation of the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 and Rules thereunder.
Background

There is unbridled marketing of Ayush drugs across media platforms, including print and television channels. At present, there is no mechanism in place to penalise companies and individuals selling AYUSH products on the basis of false and unsubstantiated claims. The co-regulation between Ministry of AYUSH and ASCI will ensure that consumers have access to safe and effective medicines.

About Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)

  • ASCI is a self-regulatory voluntary non-governmental organization (NGO) of the advertising industry in India. It aims to maintain and enhance the public’s confidence in advertising.
  • It was established in 1985 by by three main constituents of advertising industry viz advertisers, advertising agencies and media. Its headquarters are in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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AYUSH Ministry launches Swasthya Raksha Programme

The Union AYUSH Ministry has launched ‘Swasthya Raksha Programme’ to promote health and health education in villages.

The programme was initiated through Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS). It was launched by AYUSH Ministry in October 2015.

Aims and objectives of Swasthya Raksha Programme
  • Organize Swasthya Parikshan Camps, Swasthya Rakshan OPDs and Health and Hygiene awareness programme
  • Create awareness about cleanliness of domestic surroundings and environment.
  • Provide medical aid and incidental support in the adopted villages and colonies.
  • Document demographic information, hygiene conditions, food habits, seasons, lifestyle etc., incidence and prevalence of disease and their relation to the incidence of disease.
  • Assess health status and propagation of Ayurvedic concept of pathya-apathya and extension of health care services.

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