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CONFERENCE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 160-167

World Homoeopathy Day 2020: Connecting digitally during the adversities of COVID-19 lockdown


Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission21-Apr-2020
Date of Acceptance28-Apr-2020
Date of Web Publication29-May-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Deepti Singh Chalia
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, 61-65, Institutional Area, Opp. D Block, Janak Puri, New Delhi - 110 058
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijrh.ijrh_39_20

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  Abstract 


The Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), with support from the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, organised its first Webinar on World Homoeopathy Day on 10 April 2020 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann. Considering the need of hour and utilising the advancements of digital platforms, the CCRH decided to organise this webinar focusing on the role of Homoeopathy in COVID-19, for the homoeopathic fraternity and to unite them digitally. The webinar was inaugurated by Shri. Shripad Naik, Minister of State (IC), Ministry of AYUSH; Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Sh. PK Pathak, Additional Secretary; and Sh. Roshan Jaggi, Joint Secretary from the Ministry of AYUSH, also graced the occasion with their live addresses. Keynote speaker Prof. George Vithoulkas, Director, International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, Dr Robbert V Haselen, Member, Homoeopathic Pharmacopeia of United States, and Prof. Aaron To, Director, Living Homoeopathy, Hong Kong, also joined in as valued speakers. Significant deliberations were also made by Dr V. K. Gupta, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board, CCRH, Dr Anil Khurana, Director General In-charge, CCRH; Dr Raj K Manchanda, Director, Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Delhi; Dr S R K Vidyarthi Director, Ministry of AYUSH; and Dr Subhas Singh, Director, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata. The Council humbly thanks them for their generosity and sparing their valuable time for this event at a short notice.

Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID, Genus epidemicus, Homoeopathy, Nosode, Preventive


How to cite this article:
Chalia DS, Verma O P, Bharti K. World Homoeopathy Day 2020: Connecting digitally during the adversities of COVID-19 lockdown. Indian J Res Homoeopathy 2020;14:160-7

How to cite this URL:
Chalia DS, Verma O P, Bharti K. World Homoeopathy Day 2020: Connecting digitally during the adversities of COVID-19 lockdown. Indian J Res Homoeopathy [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 29];14:160-7. Available from: http://www.ijrh.org/text.asp?2020/14/2/160/285290




  Connecting Digitally Top


This is the time when, around one-third of the global population is living either under lockdown, i.e., the movement of the citizens is being actively restricted and controlled by their respective governments, or are in quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).[1] It has spread to over 210 countries/territories, with reports of local transmission happening across the world. As per the World Health Organization (WHO), as on 7 April 2020, there have been a total of 1,214,466 confirmed cases and 67,767 deaths due to COVID-19 worldwide.[2] The current COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a digital transformation with an unprecedented rise in health technology-based solutions. The WHO has also remarked that fighting the battle against the COVID-19 seems impossible without the digital solutions for population screening, tracking the infection, prioritising the use and allocation of resources and designing targeted responses.[3]

In this situation, it becomes essential to keep the momentum rolling and keep oneself connected virtually and upgrade knowledge, irrespective of the adversities. On the one hand, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to social distancing, with people locked down inside their houses, and on the other hand, it has united people emotionally, mentally and digitally. Homoeopathic practitioners are seen interacting on the social media, and many of them are seeking information on the role of homoeopathic sector in this war against COVID-19. It is pertinent to mention that every year, CCRH, under the aegis of the Ministry of AYUSH organises scientific convention with large gathering of global homoeopathic fraternity under one roof with deliberations and presentations by renowned speakers to celebrate this special day observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homoeopathy. It is always a moment of great rejoice for the homoeopathic community all over the world as it provides an excellent platform and opportunity for the stakeholders to exchange information about their clinical successes, research outcomes and discuss various policy issues. Over the recent years, the CCRH has seen increasing participation of students as well, who came forward for poster presentations.

Considering the need of hour and utilising the advancements of digital platforms, CCRH decided to organise a webinar focusing around COVID-19, for the homoeopathic fraternity, thereby uniting them digitally on this special occasion of World Homoeopathy Day (WHD). Within 48 h of preparations, the webinar received support from the Hon'ble Minister of State (IC), Ministry of AYUSH, Shri. Shripad Naik; Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha; Professor George Vithoulkas and other senior homoeopaths from across the globe, who agreed to be part of this grand celebration. The CCRH humbly thank them for their generosity and sparing their valuable time for this event.


  Inauguration Top


Dr Anil Khurana, Director General In-charge, CCRH, began the webinar with his welcome speech, extending gratitude to the Hon'ble Minister of AYUSH Shri. Shripad Naik for his video message that followed next, and to Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Shri.PK Pathak, Additional Secretary, and Sh. Roshan Jaggi, Joint Secretary of Ministry of AYUSH for their gracious presence during the webinar. Dr Khurana also welcomed the Keynote speaker, Prof. George Vithoulkas, Director, IACH, Greece; the eminent panellists: Prof. Aaron To, Director, Living Homoeopathy, Hong Kong; Dr Robbert Van Haselen, Senior Homoeopathic Consultant and Member, Homoeopathic Pharmacopeia of United States; Dr V K Gupta, Chairman, SAB, CCRH; Dr Raj K. Manchanda, Director (AYUSH), Directorate of AYUSH, Govt. of Delhi; Dr S R K Vidyarthi, Director, Ministry of AYUSH; and Dr Subhas Singh, Director, NIH, Kolkata, and all the participants/attendees from across the globe. Dr Khurana stated that this year, connecting digitally on WHD has been a distinctive experience and informed about the overwhelming response to this first webinar by the CCRH. He hoped that participants would benefit by the presentations and deliberations by the panel of eminent speakers on the theme focusing on the role of Homoeopathy in the coronavirus pandemic.

The pre-recorded inaugural address by Hon'ble Minister of State, Independent Charge, Ministry of AYUSH, Shri. Shripad Naik, was played next, where he extended his greetings to the homoeopathic fraternity on the birthday of Dr Samuel Hahnemann. He told that it is important that we stand united during this challenging time and gear ourselves for any requirements in this COVID-19 situation that the world is facing. He encouraged the homoeopaths to be prepared to handle any responsibility given to them for fight against the coronavirus in the country. He hoped that homoeopaths are adequately sound about the guidelines issued by the government and undertaken the training provided to AYUSH doctors for orientation and awareness as COVID warriors. On this special occasion, the Hon'ble Minister also conveyed the approval of the 'Telemedicine guidelines for homoeopathic practitioners', available on the website of the Ministry of AYUSH.[4] He also reminded the teaching faculties to keep educating students in this lockdown period using the digital means to educate and train the students [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Shri. Shripad Naik, Hon'ble Minister of State, IC, Ministry of AYUSH, giving greetings through video message

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Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, at the outset, complimented the webinar team of the CCRH for planning and organising its first webinar of in a short period of time and getting around thousand participants together on the auspicious occasion of the WHD. He also extended greetings to homoeopathic practitioners, researchers, academicians and beneficiaries of Homoeopathy spread across the globe. Highlighting the role of homoeopathic doctors, he informed that the Ministry of AYUSH is about to release the homoeopathic management guidelines for COVID-19 developed by the CCRH, with inputs from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and many other experts. These guidelines can be used by homoeopathic professionals for surveillance, awareness and counselling of quarantined people during the ongoing pandemic.

He further informed about the Ministry's initiative of inviting proposals, suggestions to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, which can be submitted through its website.[5] The proposals shall be scrutinised and vetted by the taskforce committee and based on the recommendations, shall be taken up for further validation. Considering the enthusiasm of homoeopathic doctors across the nation to be part of the fight against coronavirus, he assured that homoeopathic doctors are now being trained, and their services would be utilised, if required, at the quarantine or isolation centres. Lastly, he extended best wishes for good health of all and requested that everyone should support and stand with the frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.


  Keynote Address: Experiences and Approach Top


The webinar offered participants a unique opportunity to listen to the keynote speaker, renowned Professor George Vithoulkas who explained how classical homoeopathy can be used in the current scenario. He began by thanking the webinar organising team for inviting him to address the homoeopathic fraternity on this auspicious day. He shared that Dr Hahnemann has not only given a system of medicine that could rejuvenate the human race but has also given us directions on how to live in order to have a better society. Although his contribution to humanity has not been appreciated so far, Prof. Vithoulkas hoped and believed that in the near future, Homoeopathy will take the place that it deserves, and Dr Hahnemann will be remembered as one of the most important benefactors of humanity.

In 60 years of experience of treating patients and seeing the changes in their lives, Prof. Vithoulkas has dedicated himself to the promotion of this science and tried to make the science much more understood and organised. His book Levels of Health[6] tells homoeopaths whether his/her treatment is going in the right direction in a case and s/he can evaluate from the very beginning whether such a case has possibility for a cure or not. He stated, 'Homoeopathy is having fantastic results, but has been misunderstood by most people as for its effectiveness'. He described that although sometimes severe chronic conditions are cured miraculously by Homoeopathy, other times, Homoeopathy has limitations in cases with advanced pathology.

Further motivating the practitioners, he said, 'Still, What I have also seen is that in all these years of my practice, when people come for a flu symptomatology; we would just give the remedy and people recover very fast. So, I was amazed that at this stage, where COVID-19 has manifested, almost all have forbidden to apply homoeopathy in these cases. Because the effect of homoeopathy could be so, so effective in the beginning stages of this influenza that a big percentage would not end up in the hospitals'. He reiterated that during his stay in India, he had visited many colleges and institutions and had found that India has a great tradition and well-defined infrastructure for Homoeopathy. He shared his joy when he got to know that India is changing its rules and giving the possibility to well-qualified homoeopaths to treat this coronavirus.

Prof. Vithoulkas also shared that he has been receiving a lot of cases from his students from all over the world, and they have managed to treat COVID-19 cases successfully. It has been observed that homoeopathic medicines have helped in decreasing the progress of infection. With such promising results, he felt pity that the world does not allow the application of this healing methodology, which could benefit so many people. He said “Thus, it is time when world's homoeopathic fraternity is turning their lights and their attention to India, as a country that will allow the application of homoeopathy in this virus. And I believe it's going to be very successful. I believe if it's organized properly and these statistics are coming out in the end, I'm sure we'll find people all over the world, and especially the World Health Organization (WHO), would pay special attention to what India is doing at this moment. And I hope other governments also look at this directive which will be issued in India”.

He further suggested that clinical research can be done to compare those treated with adjuvant homoeopathy and those with conventional medicine only. The most effective use of Homoeopathy can be in the beginning stages where it can stop the development of this disease. Lastly, he thanked the participants and the people who are out there fighting for having the best possible outcome on this matter, and hoped that with the blessings of Hahnemann, we'll overcome this challenge of COVID-19 and show the effectiveness of our science.


  Implementation of Integrated and Holistic Approach Top


Shri. PK Pathak began his remarks mentioning two unique features of the event, firstly celebrating the WHD digitally; and secondly, the critical time during which this event is happening when world is facing one of the worst pandemics: COVID-19. He affirmed that Homoeopathy also can be a great help in combating this menace with the help of research-based medicine for the containment of this disease. Changing challenges into opportunities with adequate utilisation of homoeopathic resources in the country, he apprised that the CCRH and its units along with the Central Council for Homoeopathy with around 235 homoeopathic medical colleges are actively involved throughout the country for field surveillance, field supervision, clinical management in COVID treatment facilities, educating people about AYUSH-based advisories, infection prevention and control as well as for medical care in non-COVID areas.

He further highlighted the steps taken by the Ministry for capacity building of AYUSH professionals by organising 'AYUSH Master Trainers' training for surveillance and clinical management of COVID treatment facilities'. More than 3000 AYUSH professionals were trained by the experts from the WHO and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). While concluding his remarks, he hoped that this year, the WHD could become game changer with the presence of so many stalwarts, and with cumulative wisdom of experts and participants, India can come up with research-based evidence for the containment of this disease, which may be accepted worldwide.

The Ministry's initiatives were further elaborated by Shri. Roshan Jaggi, who, while extending his greeting to all homoeopathic fraternity on the WHD, conveyed that unfortunately, due to the unusual situation of COVID-19 lockdown, the Ministry had to postpone the grand celebration that was planned this year. However, he congratulated Dr Anil Khurana for arranging this virtual interaction in the form of webinar, and that too on such a large scale even during the adversities of lockdown. He said, Homoeopathy enjoys wide acceptability in our country and its popularity is evident by the large number of patients that queue up for treatment in our hospitals and institutes like NIH. Speaking on the current situation when the world is gripped by this novel coronavirus pandemic, it is extremely important that the homoeopathic experts should also come up the evidence-based solution. He apprised about the recent meeting of the Hon'ble Minister of AYUSH with the senior officials of the Ministry to contemplate how can our indigenous, alternative systems of AYUSH contribute in the crisis of COVID-19. The main takeaway from the meeting was that whatever we do and whatever remedy/product is offered through these systems, the main focus should be that the product/remedy should be properly standardised and scientifically validated. All these could only be achieved by high-quality clinical research, fundamental research with scientific rationale. He also motivated the homoeopathic fraternity by stating that there is good infrastructure and governmental support in our country, but it is required that all of us make coordinated efforts and keep our morale up. At last, he appealed that all homoeopathic professionals must stand together and contribute in whatever role they are assigned by the government during the current crisis as their duty towards the nation.


  Challenges, Opportunities and Initiatives Top


Dr VK Gupta extended his tribute to the Master Hahnemann, who gave the world the science of gentle healing which is safe, effective, non-invasive, eco-friendly and above all, highly cost-effective treatment modality. He highlighted that Homoeopathy can be a viable option in the current situation and that the SAB of CCRH has suggested the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, that the homoeopathic medicine Arsenic album 30c be taken as one dose daily for 3 days for the prevention of community spread of COVID-19. The selection of this medicine was based on the COVID-19 symptomatology obtained from the published paper from China[7] and the effectiveness of Arsenic album in treating influenza-like-illnesses in the past. He said that in the light of COVID19 situation, Homoeopathy must be integrated judiciously and scientifically with the existing modern medicine set-up, based on a pre-defined strategy, for disaster and epidemic management, so that precious time is not lost. He concluded by requesting the homoeopathic fraternity to extend wholehearted support to various governmental agencies in the national interest during this challenging time.

The next address was by Dr Raj K. Manchanda, who described the evidences, challenges and opportunities and also suggested the future road map for Homoeopathy's role in COVID-19. He explained the historical application of Homoeopathy in the epidemics of Cholera, Spanish flu, Yellow Fever, Scarlet Fever, Diphtheria and Typhoid in the era when there was no knowledge of bacteria, viruses or clinical testing. Homoeopathy was successful then due to the symptomatic management of the epidemic diseases and had gained tremendous popularity because of that. He shared clinical evidences from the trials conducted in the past on influenza-like illness, H1N1[8] and from basic research models highlighting the role of Homoeopathy. Considering the homoeopathic infrastructure, the Government of India is in a strategic position to provide solution to the current situation. Dr Manchanda proposed two concepts of research study that can be undertaken in the current scenario; first, as homoeopathic preventive medicine for high-risk group and second, as adjuvant homoeopathic medicine in COVID-19-positive cases. He stressed that we can overcome the challenges by developing responsible attitude, adhering to the latest guidelines provided by the government, participating in research activities and refraining from making tall claims and false statements. His concluding remarks highlighted that the COVID-19 is a new disease, and there are currently no homoeopathic preventive or curative medicines of proven effectiveness. However, Homoeopathy has the strength of being useful in preventing and managing the epidemics based on specific symptoms, irrespective of its causative organism.

The role of homoeopathic prophylaxis was further elaborated by Dr Anil Khurana, during his talk. Mentioning that Homoeopathy has strength in the prevention of epidemic diseases, he highlighted a Government of Andhra Pradesh programme for the prevention of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) from 1991 to 2004, where by using Belladonna,Calcarea Carb and Tuberculinum (BCT), the incidence of JE gradually reduced and the number of new infections came to nil. Further, he described the CCRH's studies on dengue and chikungunya, where protection with Homoeopathy medicine had been observed. The CCRH had also undertaken a clinical study of homoeopathic treatment of influenza-like illness, which showed a significant effect. The result of the study undertaken to assess the effectiveness of homoeopathic medicine as add-on in the management of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in children in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, was also showcased by Dr Khurana. In addition, the complications/sequel rate was significantly less in the homoeopathic intervention group. Similar results were observed in the study on dengue haemorrhagic fever where adjuvant homoeopathic treatment group recovered faster and did not develop any complications. The promising role of Homoeopathy in these studies convinces us about the potentials of Homoeopathy as an add-on therapy. Moving to the current situation of coronavirus infection, Dr Khurana apprised that the CCRH has proposed to the Ministry that with the use of homoeopathic medicines as an adjuvant to standard care, early recovery, that too without complications, may be achieved.

Dr Robbert Van Haselen shared the global scenario of Homoeopathy and COVID-19, describing the crisis and opportunities for Homoeopathy. He highlighted that although this pandemic is affecting all of us in many ways, there is some opportunity in it. It is believed that a crisis can push people out of their comfort zone, but it can also create innovation and creativity. He gave the historical context of Hahnemann's time, in 1799, when there was Scarlet fever epidemic, it triggered Dr Hahnemann to discover that Belladonna was the genus epidemicus remedy for the Scarlet fever epidemic. It then turned out to be so much successful that Christoph Hufeland (1762–1836), a great German clinician of the late 18th century, published an article on it in 1829.[9] Ultimately, due to its popularity and success, in 1838, Prussian government recommended the use of Belladonna in Scarlet fever.

Dr Haselen shared significant information about what's happening in terms of global collaboration among homoeopaths for exchanging and gathering their experiences of COVID-19 treatment. The Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis and the European Committee of Homeopathy (ECH) have formed an aligned strategy with three main projects. The first one is by the American Institute of Homeopathy, where a database of COVID-19-treated patients is updated on a daily basis. The second initiative is by the Vithoulkas Compass team in collaboration with himself, where they have launched an initiative to collect high-quality clinical case reports on COVID-19. And, the third project is led by Dr Lex Rutten from the Netherlands, in which he is looking at prognostic factor research (PFR) in COVID-19 cases; whereas there is already a collaboration with the CCRH for PFR in cough. Lastly, he also apprised about another initiative launched by RadarOpus, that is a COVID-19 module within their ClifiCol system. He stated that these initiatives will have a complementary role in the collection of quantitative data and qualitative data as well. He further shared the results of the data collected so far, and apprised that the cases are being analysed by an expert group to find out the indicated medicines, looking at the most frequently prescribed medicines in these cases, and discussions are going on whether a single or more than one medicine are to be prescribed, considering that COVID-19 is a complex infectious disease. He concluded by informing that it is encouraging that most of these data collection initiatives are coordinated and aligned. In addition, there is unique opportunity when modern research methodology tools such as PFR and clinical trials to assess the added value of Homoeopathy are also being utilised.

Given his experience of treating COVID-19 cases, next speaker, Prof. Aaron To from Hong Kong, presented some of his COVID-19 cases during the webinar. His comprehensive lecture included details about the three successful cases treated symptomatically using homoeopathic guidelines developed by his organisation. In all these cases, there was a significant reduction in the intensity of symptoms, alleviating the patients. It was observed that the homoeopathic medicine Bryonia alba was indicated in most of the cases.

Dr SRK Vidyarthi, in his convincing and appealing speech, shared about the Indian scenario and the directions about the utilisation of Homoeopathy professionals in COVID-19 as per government advisory. He mentioned that the Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, are working in tandem with each other and according to the recent advisory, it is expected that huge workforce will be required in the future specifically in the areas of surveillance, supervisory management of containment operations at grass-root level, clinical management at COVID care centres and for infection prevention and control. While taking up a query from Question and Answer section, about the role of students in the current scenario, he answered that the surveillance activities are specifically designed for students only, and they can take it up by undergoing AYUSH COVID warrior training programme and getting their names enlisted with the state authorities, upon which they will be called when required. He explained that based on the recent government advisories, the two specific roles have been defined for AYUSH/homoeopathic doctors and students. He informed that, when needed, the homoeopathic students will work at field surveillance units and AYUSH/homoeopathic doctors will work at COVID care centres and isolation facilities. However, their services will be taken up only after completion of training for AYUSH COVID warriors, which is being provided by the Government of India.[10]

Lastly, the most important aspect about the reforms required for qualitative change in homoeopathic education was covered by Dr Subhas Singh. His concise and effective lecture highlighted the significant points related to homoeopathic education which are required to be addressed. He laid emphasis that the students should be motivated and convinced about their role in the current situation. Dr Singh stressed that early exposure to bed side and clinical cases can help them gain more confidence and skills required in the management of patients. He informed that all students of NIH have undergone training of AYUSH COVID warriors and are ready for any role and responsibility given to them. He concluded by thanking and complimenting the organisers and stating that practitioners, students and researchers must work together and be united for the growth and development of Homoeopathy [Figure 2].
Figure 2: Eminent panellists of the webinar

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  Outcome and Way Forward Top


The concluding remarks of the webinar were presented by Dr Khurana, who mentioned that the sessions were quite elaborate, and each one signified that it is an ideal opportunity to showcase the positive role of Homoeopathy in the management of COVID-19. He mentioned that after listening to the motivating and encouraging remarks by Prof. Vithoulkas, he believes that the approach of classical Homoeopathy is highly essential at this point of time. He added, there is a need to validate concepts like individualisation in clinical trials and generate more evidence. Another way forward is good documentation of each and every case, as well-documented cases becomes good evidence, as was seen in the lecture of Prof. Aaron, where he had presented well-documented cases, which were appreciated by all. These cases helped in understanding the presentation of COVID-19 cases as well as homoeopathic approach for the management of such cases.

Further, Dr Khurana summarised that research literacy among homoeopaths is very essential, and it should begin from the college itself. It means that students and young practitioners must be able to access, interpret and critically evaluate the available literature and research outcomes. This will help in building a broad network of researchers in Homoeopathy. Further, he apprised that CCRH is also focusing on building research aptitude of students by encouraging them under schemes such as Short-Term Studentship in Homoeopathy. He said, it is observed that recently many good-quality research projects are being submitted by students. Further, he stressed that it is equally important that well-conducted dissertations by postgraduate students are reported and published in peer-reviewed journals.

Lastly, he thanked the speakers and participants for joining in at a very short notice. Overall, the feedbacks that followed conveyed that the webinar was very successful and appreciated by all.


  Webinar Summary Top


The webinar was attended by 1272 participants and 11 speakers with a total duration of 181 min. The participants were from various backgrounds, such as researchers, practitioners, medical officers, postgraduate students, faculty and representatives of pharmaceutical industries. The participation was majorly from India, however, there were some from the United States of America, Germany, Greece, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Philippines as well. The webinar was also streamed LIVE on Facebook, which had a reach of around 7000 people and around 1000 people watched the complete webinar. Many people shared the videos that followed and liked it as well.

According to feedback received from the participants, the webinar was very helpful for them to gain new knowledge and awareness about the role of Homoeopathy in COVID-19 in India and its global situation as well. The participants also proposed that more webinars on topics relevant to researchers, practitioners, faculty and students may be organised by the CCRH in the future for knowledge and capacity building of the homoeopathic fraternity worldwide.

The webinar was successful in outlining the possible options of Homoeopathy in the management of COVID-19 and areas to focus for the overall development of Homoeopathy. It was also successful in providing a platform for discussing both conceptual and policy guidelines, with practical experiences from the Ministry officials.


  Webinar Contributors Top


The Webinar hosting team led by Dr Anil Khurana, Director General In-charge, CCRH comprised of Dr OP Verma, IT Manager and Library In-charge and Dr Deepti Singh, Research Officer (H)/Scientist-1, Program officer Webinar Series, CCRH. Acknowledgement is due for successful conduct of the webinar to Dr Harleen Kaur, Research Officer (H)/S-1 for moderating the programme; Dr Divya Taneja, Research Officer (H)/S-2; Dr Anupriya, Research Officer (H)/S-1; Dr Suhana, Research Officer (H)/S-1 for social media creative and promotion; Dr Ritika Narula, Research Officer (H)/S-1 and all Officer In-charges of CCRH units/institutes for sharing the participants' list for registration. Special thanks are due to the very attentive, enthusiastic and diverse attendees of the webinar.

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Conflicts of interest

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