Cuba and India established academic collaboration in the field of Ayurvedic medicine after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Medical Sciences of Havana and the Ayurveda Institute of India. The bilateral document was initialed by the Cuban Ambassador to India, Alejandro Simancas, representing the top Cuban university center, under the Ministry of Public Health and by Professor Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director of the Ayurveda Institute of India, under the Ministry of AYUSH of this country. The signing took place in the framework of the World Congress of Ayurveda held in the Indian state of Goa, and in the presence of the state Governor
Sreedharan Pillai, the secretaries of the Ministry of AYUSH and Ministers of AYUSH from other Indian states, as well as international delegates attending the event. The signed bilateral mechanism expresses the shared will to strengthen and develop cooperation in the system of traditional Indian medicine, as well as research, clinical and educational activities. This step strengthens bilateral cooperation in Ayurvedic medicine, which had its fundamental moment in 2019 with the inauguration of the Panchakarma Center in Cuba, located in the International Health Center "La Pradera". Ayurveda originates from India and is usually translated as "science of life". Its goal is to cleanse the body and restore the balance between body, mind and spirit. Dietary regimens, herbal medicines, exercise, meditation, physiotherapy and other methods are used. There are many possibilities for Ayurveda in Cuba, as part of the Natural and Traditional Medicine program promoted by the National Health System.