The Department of Yoga Therapy and Training of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) was designated as the WHO Collaborating Centre in Traditional Medicine for a period of four years in the month of May 2013.
In 2008, MDNIY started its collaboration with WHO Country Office under the biennium programme of traditional medicine and developed Yoga Resource Centre. It also initiated disease-specific booklets of Yogic interventions for healthcare.
It is important to note that WHO lacks its own institutional network but identifies institutions from member countries to work in specific areas of health. They are designated the WHO Collaborating Centres status. At present, there are 21 WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine all over the world, but there is not even a single centre in India despite availability of large number of AYUSH institutions and 32 Collaborating Centres for Modern Medicine.
Department of AYUSH took the matter with WHO and eventually two institutions of AYUSH- Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi and Institute of Postgraduate Teaching & Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar, Gujarathave were designated as WHO collaborating centres in traditional medicine.
WHO collaborating centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General of WHO to carry out activities in support of the Organization’s programmes. At present, there are more than 800 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies all over the world.
The overall network of 23 designated WHO Collaborating Centres for Traditional Medicine aims at assisting the WHO in implementation of WHO strategies and resolutions relating to traditional medicine.
The activities which will be taken over by MDNIY as the WHO Collaborating Centre include:
• Development and dissemination of standardized health promotion Yoga modules for various target groups (Children, Adolescents and Women of reproductive age, Geriatric population, and Mental Health promotion).
• Preparation and dissemination of consumer information on proper use of Yoga.
• Organization of capacity building workshops and training programmers on the role, scope, practice and evidence -based use of Yoga in non-communicable disease.
• Meta-analysis of Yoga research studies for documentation and promotion of evidence-based uses of Yoga.
About Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga
• Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga is the autonomous organisation under Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
• This institute was established as the Centre of Excellence for undertaking activities of education, training, therapy and research in Yoga.
• MDNIY is involved in multifarious Yoga promotion and propagation activities.