On 17 August 2023, the first Global Summit on Traditional Medical Practices of the World Health Organization was inaugurated by Dr. Tredos Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Secretary-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gandhinagar.
In his address, WHO Secretary General Dr. Tredos praised India's historic initiative in the field of traditional medicine and said that we can make the world healthier through traditional, complementary and integrative medicine.
In this two-day (August 17-18) conference hosted by the Ministry of AYUSH and WHO, scientists, medical experts and civil society members from India and abroad are discussing all aspects of traditional medicine.
Representatives of more than 75 countries and health ministers of many countries are participating in this Gandhinagar summit.
In his address, Dr. Tredos specifically mentioned Tulsi which is worshipped in every household of India. Describing the qualities of Tulsi, he said that it is my good fortune that I got the opportunity to plant Tulsi plants.
Traditional medicines are in great demand in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. These medicines are being used in some form or the other in more than 170 countries of the world.
Films and documentaries related to traditional medicine were also shown on the first day of the world's first traditional medicine global summit. In these films, traditional medical systems prevalent in different corners of the country and the world were shown.
Special Digital Exhibition:
On the very first day of the conference, a special digital exhibition was also inaugurated by Tedros, President of the World Health Organisation, Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of State for AYUSH Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai. It covers all forms of traditional medicine.
Mention of the mythological Kalpa tree:
The modern form of the mythological Kalp tree became the centre of attraction in the exhibition. Through Kalpavriksha, we want to convey the message that just as Kalpavriksha has the ability to fulfil every wish of a human being, in the same way traditional medicine can save a human being from all kinds of diseases.
Six regional offices of the World Health Organization have participated in this completely digital exhibition and the Ministry of AYUSH has also displayed its achievements.
After the establishment of the Global Center for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat last year, organising the first Global Summit of Traditional Medicine in India is a great achievement for India.