It is my pleasure to invite you to the Unani Day 2023 and International Conference on Unani Medicine organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of Ayush on February, 10–11, 2023 in hybrid virtual mode. As you are aware, 11th February has been designated for observation of Unani Day every year.

The theme of this international conference is ‘Unani Medicine for Public Health’. Unani Medicine deals with the maintenance of health and prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease in accordance with the principles of humor and temperament. Public health is the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy-making, and research for disease and injury prevention. The overarching aim of the conference is to discuss the importance of Unani Medicine in combating non-communicable diseases, lifestyle-related and other chronic ailments and empowering public health professionals to collaborate, innovate and help shape the future of public health with Unani Medicine.

Prosperity and dignified life for all humans around the world have never been easy to achieve, and the COVID-19 pandemic has undermined the progress made on sustainable development. It poses a significant challenge to the full implementation of quality healthcare services to the masses as there has been a rise in extreme poverty, inequalities across the globe.

However, the world, as we know it, ground to a halt and slowly it is starting to turn again. We are at a right time to shape the future. Changing the world requires courage to enact fundamental reforms that will improve life for every person on this planet and the ability to work together to create solutions for global challenges.

In Unani Medicine, detailed guidelines have been laid down to maintain health and prevent various diseases and disorders. The holistic approach of Unani Medicine focuses on well-being, improves mental health status, reduces lifestyle-oriented disorders and prevents community-based health ailments. Emphasizing other elements that improve well-being, such as aging issues, maternal and child health, occupational safety and overall health is essential to achieve. The principle of temperament is applied in identifying the appropriate health status for an individual. Unani Medicine makes extensive measures for the promotion of health and treatment of diseases, through a preventive and promotive health care orientation in all developmental policies, and universal access to good quality health care services.

The conference aims to explore the potential of Unani Medicine, particularly in emerging infectious diseases, chronic lifestyle diseases, mental health and mental disorders, women’s health issues and challenges, climate change and health issues, occupational safety and environment, education and community-based health practices, aging issues, sexual and reproductive health practices, infant, child and adolescent health.

Unani Medicine aids in reducing the burden of disease and decreasing the related morbidity and mortality which would help us in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal-3 of Good health and wellbeing. The international conference will have dedicated scientific sessions on various topics related to public health aspects and preventive or curative role of Unani Medicine in combating these issues and challenges.

The international conference provides a platform for capacity building of the participants in Unani Medicine and nurturing skilled practitioners, therapists and promote the utilization of Unani Medicine for the benefit of the masses and promotion of quality health for all.

A galaxy of experts and luminaries from the field of public health sciences will share and discuss their ground-breaking ideas, knowledge, experiences and innovations in the domain of public health, technology, Unani Medicine and allied sciences. There would be participation from industry, academia and research organizations engaged in development of Unani Medicine and related public health sciences from all over the world.

I cordially invite you all to join us online by registering on website for the Unani Day 2023.

Looking forward to see you at this grand event.

Prof. Asim Ali Khan
Director General
Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine
Ministry of Ayush, Government of India