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India-Sao Tome and Principe: Cabinet approves MoU for Cooperation in field of Traditional Medicines

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Sao Tome and Principe for Cooperation in field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy. The MoU was signed in March, 2018. The MoU will enhance bilateral cooperation between two countries in areas of Traditional Systems of Medicine. This will be of immense importance to both countries considering their shared cultural heritage.

Background

India is blessed with well- developed systems of traditional medicine including medicinal plants, which hold tremendous potential in the global health scenario. The Ministry of AYUSH is having mandate to promote, propagate and globalize the Traditional Systems of Medicine including Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy. It has taken numerous effective steps by entering into MoU with Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, Hungry, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mauritius, Mongolia, Iran for cooperation in traditional medicine.

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Cabinet approves continuation of National AYUSH Mission

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for continuation of centrally sponsored scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) from April 2017 to March 2020 with an outlay of Rs. 2400 crore over 3 year period to provide cost effective AYUSH services.

National AYUSH Mission (NAM)

The NAM was launched in September 2014. It is being implemented by Ministry of AYUSH with the objective of providing cost-effective universal access to AYUSH Services. It aims to address gaps in health services through supporting efforts of State/UTs for providing AYUSH health services and education in country, particularly in vulnerable and far-flung areas.

The NAM intends to build on India’s unmatched heritage represented by its ancient systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Yunani, Sidhha, Unani and Homeopathy (AYUSH), which are treasure house of knowledge for preventive and promotive health care.

Expected outcomes of NAM

Better access to AYUSH healthcare services through increased number of healthcare facilities offering them and better availability of medicines and trained manpower.  Improvement in AYUSH education through well-equipped enhanced number of AYUSH Educational institutions.

Improved availability of quality AYUSH drugs by increased number of quality pharmacies and Drug Testing Laboratories coupled with stringent enforcement mechanism. Increased awareness and acceptance of Yoga and Naturopathy as promotive and preventive health-care systems. Meet increasing domestic demand for herbal raw-materials and also to promote export.

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