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National Ayush Mission (NAM)

Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has launched National AYUSH Mission (NAM) during 12th Plan ..

Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has started National AYUSH Mission (NAM) during 12th Plan for im­plementing through States/UTs. The basic aim of NAM is to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost effective AYUSH services, strengthening of educational systems, facilitate the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani & Homoeopathy (ASU &H) drugs and sustainable availability of ASU & H raw-materials. It envisages flexibility of implementation of the program which will lead to substantial participation of the State Governments/UT. The NAM contemplates establishment of a National Mission as well as similar Missions in the State level. NAM is likely to improve significantly the Department’s outreach in terms of planning, supervision and monitoring of the schemes.

Meaning of ‘Ayush’

Traditional & Non-Conventional Systems of Health Care and Healing Which Include Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy etc.

The positive features of the Indian systems of medicine namely their diversity and flexibility, accessibility, affordability, a broad acceptance by a large section of the general public, comparatively lesser cost and growing economic value, have great potential to make them providers of healthcare that the large sections of our people need.

Flexible Components

  1. Out of the total State envelop available, 20% funds will be earmarked for flexible funds. This fund can be spent on any of the items given below with the stipulation that not more than 5% of the envelop is spent on any of the components.
  2. AYUSH Wellness Centres including Yoga & Naturopathy
  3. Tele-medicine
  4. Sports Medicine through AYUSH
  5. Innovations in AYUSH including Public Private Partnership
  6. Interest subsidy component for Private AYUSH educational Institutions
  7. Reimbursement of Testing charges
  8. IEC activities
  9. Research & Development in areas related to Medicinal Plants
  10. Voluntary certification scheme: Project based.
  11. Market Promotion, Market intelligence & buy back interventions
  12. Crop Insurance for Medicinal Plants
  13. The financial assistance from Government of India shall be supplementary in the form of contractual engagements, infrastructure development, Capacity Building and supply of medicines to be provided from Department of AYUSH. This will ensure better implementation of the programme through effective co-ordination and monitoring. States shall ensure to make available all the regular manpower posts filled in the existing facilities. The procurement of medicines will be made by the States/UTs as per the existing guidelines of the scheme.

Monitoring and Evaluation

At the central/state level, a dedicated MIS monitoring and evaluation agency is established. It is therefore proposed to establish a Health Management Information System (HMIS) cell at the national level with three HMIS managers and one HMIS manager at the state level.

The concurrent evaluation of the AYUSH Mission shall be carried out to know the implementation progress and bottlenecks and scope for improvement. Third party evaluation will also carried out after two years of Mission implementation.

Expected Outcome

Improvement in AYUSH education through enhanced number of AYUSH Educational Institutions upgraded.

Better access to AYUSH services through increased number of AYUSH Hospital and Dispensaries coverage, availability of drugs and manpower.

Sustained availability of quality raw-materials for AYUSH Systems of Medicine.

Improved availability of quality ASU & drugs through increase in the number of quality Pharmacies and Drug Laboratories and enforcement mechanism of ASU & drugs.

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