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National Institute Of Indian Medical Heritage (NIIMH)

National Institute Of Indian Medical Heritage (NIIMH):

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the National Institute of Indian Medical Heritage (NIIMH) in Hyderabad as a Collaborating Centre for “Fundamental and Literary Research in Traditional Medicine” (CC IND-177) for four years.

  • This marks the first time a WHO Collaborating Centre has been established for this specific field.
  • NIIMH, under the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of Ayush, is recognized for its extensive medico-historical research in Ayurveda and related traditional medicine systems in India.
  • Established in 1956, NIIMH has contributed significantly through digital initiatives such as the AMAR Portal, which catalogues and digitizes Ayush manuscripts, and the SAHI Portal, which showcases medico-historical artefacts.
  • It also maintains a Medical Heritage Museum and Library with rare manuscripts and publishes the Journal of Indian Medical Heritage.
  • As a WHO Collaborating Centre, NIIMH will help standardize terminologies for Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Sowa-Rigpa, update the Traditional Medicine Module for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), and assist in developing research methodologies for Traditional Medicine