World Ayurveda Congress

The 6th World Ayurveda Congress is just around the corner. Until now five editions of the Congress have been organized at Cochin, Pune, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Bhopal. The highest number of delegates, numbering more than 4200 attended the WAC at Bengaluru. The largest number of visitors who participated in the AROGYA Expo was at Pune where more than 500,000 individuals took advantage of the Forum. The highest number of foreign delegates numbering 264 attended the Bengaluru Congress.

World Ayurveda Foundation now plans to hold the 6th edition of the Congress at Delhi in Pragati Maidan from November 6 -9, 2014. In keeping with the past practice, it is proposed to hold four plenary sessions, 25 parallel sessions as well as providing scope for poster presentations. The associated events which are being planned include a Seminar on Medicinal Plants, a business meet coordinated by Pharmexil, an Editors Conclave, and international Delegates Assembly and a Guru shishya meet.

Among the several focal themes considered, “Health Challenges and Ayurveda" has been finalized to be the theme of this edition of the Congress. For the past 30 years, the large, densely populated and enormously varied Republic of India has made impressive efforts in the field of health. However, the unfinished agenda must address deficiencies in service outreach, government expenditures, high out-of-pocket costs, and limited health insurance coverage. There are also healthcare infrastructure gaps and disparities across the Indian states and between urban and rural populations, measured by such indicators as the number of hospital beds and doctor-patient ratios.

India has a uniquely pluralistic healthcare system, with the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) component making up a significant proportion of medical practitioners. Almost 63% of AYUSH doctors practice Ayurveda. Yet, the AYUSH workforce remains underutilized and the strengths of Ayurveda in particular are unrealized. Meanwhile, the government is taking steps to make better use of the available human resources to fill gaps in the modern system of medicine. Ayurveda does have answers to many of the health challenges facing the country. Non-communicable diseases, mother and child health, lifestyle modification, nutrition, and prevention are all potential areas where Ayurveda can play a pivotal role. The aim of the 6th WAC (World Ayurveda Congress) is to develop such a vision and strategy for public action. For more details

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