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WHO launches Traditional Medicine Morbidity codes comprising of 529 codes

With this, data and terminology related to diseases based on Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems will now be included in the World Health Organization’s ICD 11 classification.

During the unveiling of ICD-11 TM Chapter Module 2, Secretary Ayush, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, delivered a keynote address reflecting on the remarkable journey of TM2—tracing its inception and the strides made to reach this significant milestone.

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He informed that the final draft of the module, comprises a total of 529 codes distributed across 18 chapters. Notably, the module features two distinct types of terminologies or top-level blocks, namely Traditional Medicine Disorder and Traditional Medicine Pattern.

Dr. Roderico H. Ofrin, the WHO Representative to India, reflected on the significance of the inaugural Global Traditional Medicine Summit held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, during which, a pivotal declaration was made, emphasising the promotion of standardised documentation for TCIM policies.

Impact:

The data and terminology relating to diseases based on Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani systems will now be included in the WHOs ICD11 classification. This effort will lead to global uniformity in ASU (Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha) medicine as a code of vocabulary defining diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a classification series called International Classification of Diseases (ICDs) to classify diseases internationally. The global data on diseases currently available is mainly based on healthcare practices to be diagnosed through modern biomedicine.

The data and terminology relating to diseases based on Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani systems will now be included in the ICD11 classification of WHO. This effort will lead to global uniformity in ASU (Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha) medicine as a code of vocabulary defining diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a classification series called International Classification of Diseases (ICDs) to classify diseases internationally. The global data on diseases currently available is mainly based on healthcare practices to be diagnosed through modern biomedicine. The classification of data and terminology relating to diseases based on Ayush systems such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc. is not yet included in the WHO ICD series.

The Ministry of Ayush has already developed the Code for Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani Medicine through the National Ayush Morbidity and Standardised Electronic Portal (NAMSTE). The Ministry of Ayush in collaboration with WHO has prepared a categorisation of data and terminology related to diseases based on Ayush – Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani systems under TM2 module of ICD11 series. The Ministry of Ayush has also signed a Donor Agreement with the World Health Organization for the same.

This effort will further strengthen and expand India’s public healthcare delivery system, research, Ayush insurance coverage, research and development, and policy-making systems. In addition, these codes will also be used in the formulation of future strategies to control various diseases in the society. Many other member countries of the World Health Organization are also willing to implement a similar format to include the terminology of traditional medical diseases in the ICD.

Infectious diseases like Malaria and lifestyle diseases like chronic insomnia are included in this classification. Ayurveda, Siddhas, and Unani, Vertigo Guidance Disorder (parent name), commonly recognized by the three traditional systems, as a nervous system disorder known in Ayurveda as ‘Bhramaha’ siddha as ‘Ajal Kirkrippu’ and in Unani as ‘Sadra-o-Dwar’.

Under ICD-11, there will be an international coding of such terminology and the names and data of prevalent diseases of Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani Medicine will be notified in the code internationally through the TM 2 module.

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