World Homoeopathy Day
World Homoeopathy Day (WHD) is celebrated on 10 April and the day has become the red-letter day for the Homoeopathy profession because it is being celebrated under the aegis of Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India for last few years in New Delhi. The World Homoeopathy Day is observed every year on April 10 to commemorate the Birthday of Dr. Hahnemann, the Founder of Homoeopathy. The theme is "Enhancing the scope of Homoeopathy in Public Health"
World Homoeopathy Day: What it means for India
Homoeopathy is one of the most popular medical systems in India, in fact, a close second among the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) services. There are growing numbers of users, practitioners, educational institutes, as well as public health clinics, compared to the AYUSH systems in India. Academic homeopathy institutes comprise 35.8% of AYUSH colleges, while homeopathy practitioners are 37% of the AYUSH in total. Our country has the biggest drug manufacture and traders’ sector in Homoeopathy.
World Homoeopathy Day (WHD) gives us an opportunity to review the path trodden so far, take stock of the challenges facing us, and formulate future strategies for development of Homoeopathy. There is a need to focus on the quality of education, enhancing the success rate of an average practitioner. There is also a need to ensure the production and availability of high quality homeopathic drugs in the market. This is not possible unless the homoeopathic community innovates, modernizes, reinvents, forges ahead jointly, with a variety of initiatives and research projects. .
Importance of linking research: The ‘Why’s and the ‘How’s
The Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India is striving to promote research that eventually translates into improved public healthcare in the country and wider acceptability of Homoeopathy globally. The research work of Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) is multi-dimensional and the Council considers its duty to not only conduct quality research, but also to link it with education, clinical practice and standardization of drug manufacture for holistic development of the Homoeopathy sector. Facilitating national and international collaborations is also a part of this vision.
Link with education
As vital as this linking is, it is easier said than done. It would mean better research possibilities in academic institutes of Homoeopathy, which, in turn, means strengthening our medical colleges’ laboratories, developing the skillfulness of our faculty, increased dialogue between education and research institutes, and so on and so forth. Link with clinical practice Similarly, linking clinical practice with research would mean sensitization of clinicians to research requirements. This would mean systematic, methodological recording of cases, understanding of cases from a research point of view, and having a broad and finer understanding of clinical research. It would also require the Council to translate its research work into simple, clinical language for use by practitioners.
Link with clinical practice
Similarly, linking clinical practice with research would mean sensitization of clinicians to research requirements. This would mean systematic, methodological recording of cases, understanding of cases from a research point of view, and having a broad and finer understanding of clinical research. It would also require to translate research work into simple, clinical language for use by practitioners.
Linking research with education & practice
With about three hundred thousand registered practitioners contributing in the fields of education and healthcare within public and private sectors, millions of patients are being treated with Homoeopathy every day. But these cases are largely unrecorded in a scientific manner. This lack means data is unavailable for publication in research journals, or other scientific platforms. This gap between practice and research requires capacity building of institutions and practitioners, both within the private and government sectors.
Distribution of Awards
With an aim to recognise exemplary work in Homoeopathy, AYUSH awards relating to Homoeopathy for Life Time Achievement, Best Teacher, Young Scientist and Best Research paper are being conferred on this occasion.