The focus of the meeting was on role played by Traditional and Complementary Systems of Medicine (TM&CM) in the health care of people, with respect to combating non-communicable diseases and promotion of health alongside the modern medicine across the world with very low cost.
Ambassadors, High commissioners and representatives from the participating countries acknowledged the need for diligent integration of TM&CM with modern medicine in combating Non-Communicable diseases to reduce the exorbitant health care expenditure for individuals and to the National exchequer.
There was consensus in the meeting that all stake holding countries should come together to work for the globalisation of traditional medicine systems for the benefit of humanity. For this purpose, it was acknowledged, induction of Indian Medical systems like Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) in the WHO would be desirable.
The efforts made by the Ministry in creating Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) morbidity codes and standardised terminologies in line with W.H.O guidelines for quantification and reporting of health services by AYUSH systems at national level through NAMASTE portal were also discussed.