WHO launches ICD-11, Traditional Medicine Module 2

Union Minister of State for Ayush Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai launches the Module

With the launch of ICD 11, Traditional Medicine Module 2 by the World Health Organization yesterday, preparations have started for its implementation. The data and terminology relating to diseases based on Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Medicine have been included in the WHO ICD-11 classification. With this effort, the terminology defining diseases in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha medicine has been indexed as a code and included in the WHO Disease Classification Series ICD-11.

The Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with the World Health Organization has prepared a classification of diseases used in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems under the TM-2 module of the ICD-11 series. A Donor Agreement between the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Ayush was also signed earlier for this classification. This effort will further strengthen and expand India’s healthcare delivery system, research, Ayush insurance coverage, research & development, and policy policy-making system. Apart from this, these codes can also be used to formulate future strategies to control various diseases in society.

Launching the ICD-11, TM Module-2 at the India Habitat Centre, Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai, Union Minister of State for Ayush and Women & Child Development said that there is a need to modernize Ayush medicine by integrating it with global standards in India as well as across the world.

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary (Ayush) said that the Ministry of Ayush will prepare a public health strategy in future, based on ICD-11, Module 2 and will implement it nationally and internationally. Secretary Ayush gave a detailed presentation on the journey of preparation of TM Module 2 through a presentation.

WHO launches ICD-11, Traditional Medicine Module 2
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The inclusion of traditional medical terminologies in ICD-11 forms a link between traditional medicine and global standards, said Dr. Radarico H. Ofrin, WHO Representative to India. According to Dr Sameera Asma, Assistant Director-General of DDI, WHO, the indexing of disease terminology related to traditional medicine in ICD-11 proves to be a milestone in building a unified global tradition. Dr Shyama Kuruvilla, Senior Strategic Advisor, WHO joined the event online and said that the inclusion of traditional medical terminology in ICD-11 will further strengthen India’s routine health system.

Dr Robert Jacob, Head of the Classification and Terminology Unit, WHO, said that the data listed in ICD-11 will be available for global use.

According to Dr Rudy Eggers, Director of Integrated Health Services, WHO, the inclusion of TM Module 2 in ICD-11 can be seen as a movement along with the global recognition of traditional medicine. The strategy for this was prepared from 2014 to 2023 and the first draft of the WHO strategy for Traditional Medicine for 2025 to 2034 has been prepared.

WHO launches ICD-11, Traditional Medicine Module 2
Photo credit-Press release by PIB

Representatives from member countries of WHO including Brazil, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iran and Britain shared their experiences regarding the current status of Traditional Medicine in their respective countries. The event was attended by senior officials of WHO and the Ministry of Ayush including senior officials of its research councils, national institutes, Chairmen and concerned Presidents in two commissions, the National Commission for India System of Medicine and the National Commission for Homoeopathy. also present in the deliberations were representatives of WHO Member States and senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The welcome address was given by Ms Kavita Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Ayush.

Disclaimer: This is an official press release by Pib.

Digpu News Staff

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