The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of India are to establish the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine on April 21st in Gujurat, India. As lead investor in the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, India has committed an estimated US$ 250 million to support the Centre’s establishment, infrastructure and operations. The centre is part of WHO’S overall traditional medicine strategy and will have a strategic focus on evidence and learning and the contribution of traditional medicine such as herbal medicines, acupuncture and homeopathy. Around 80% of the world’s population is estimated to use traditional medicine. This new centre 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.
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