Citizen’s Corner

PATIENT FIRST: WE DECLARE THAT health and safety of citizens can never be compromised and citizens have the right to informed choice based on credible information. The Department of Technical Cooperation for Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicine (TCM) is the lead department in WHO for technical cooperation with countries on medicines issues. Using the WHO Medicines Strategy 2004-2007 as its framework, TCM’s priority in technical collaboration is improving access and rational use of quality essential medicines, including traditional and complementary/alternative medicines. In India, Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (abbreviated as AYUSH) apart from modern medicine were made available to the citizens to fight against Corona Virus globally. It was felt that Ministry of AYUSH within Government of India, needs to invest more resources to build awareness amongst the consumers about the benefits from AYUSH and launch a multi-media campaign at the earliest to empower the citizens to demand indigenous solutions on healthcare related challenges. The Citizens have to be made an active partner in the crusade and make them fully aware on safety, efficacy, and quality care standards. Furthermore, bring Consumer in the conversation in every forum wherever AYUSH is discussed in future for confidence building on AYUSH products. Capacity building in all areas of AYUSH is critical for universally accept AYUSH Systems as a therapy to stay healthy all through life and also to fight against pandemic like COVID-19 in India and globally. It was suggested that a national registry of the beneficiary of AYUSH treatment may be created. This may help in tracing the diseases for which these systems are providing the treatment.

We are here to facilitate the due exchange of credible information provided to us by the Government of India, the State Governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) in our mission to promote AYUSH or traditional systems of healthcare facilities in India and beyond.

Collaborations

Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

Quality Council of India (QCI), New Delhi

Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), New Delhi

PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi.

Patient Safety & Access Initiative of India Foundation (PSAIIF), New Delhi

Consumer Online Foundation, New Delhi

International Alliance of Patients’ Organisations, London, UK

The Aware Consumer, Delhi