Special Webinar Series on Traditional Medicine and Community Health

November 8, 2017 to December 27, 2017

Traditional Medicine[1] (TM), in particular its non-codified streams of practice, known as Local Health Traditions (LHTs), in India have been progressively gaining policy as well as practice attention. While advocacy from civil society as well as community-based organisations (CBOs) have contributed to the cause, concerted efforts from the part of providers of LHTs viz. the Traditional Healers (THs), often quoted in common parlance as folk healers to group themselves into official networks has also provided further impetus. Local health systems continue to play an important role in primary health care. With more than a million practitioners of local health systems and close to 200 million households having such knowledge, India perhaps is one of the few countries in the world that largely depends on LHTs but the contributions of LHTs and practitioners are largely ignored while economics and health policies are discussed at various levels. With more than 6500 medicinal plants, animal parts, minerals and metals in use while imparting local health care, the contributions of local healers is immense but neither recognized nor rewarded.

However, with each passing decade these practices are getting eroded due to continued lack of social and policy support. A majority of the current generation of THs are dependent on other trades/occupations for their livelihood as more than often, their services are in the realm of a humanitarian endeavour with inadequate monetary returns. There is a distinctive lack of interest in their successive generations to carry forward this legacy in the absence of formal policy legitimacy. There thus exists a clear and present threat of extinction to this cultural legacy of our nation and calls for immediate and robust interventions from policy makers to ensure an aversion of this scenario.

The TransDisciplinary University is pleased to announce a series of Special Webinars on Traditional Medicine and Community Health to bring together both international and national experts working on academic, community and policy platforms in relation to the same.

Outcomes of these discussions are expected to feed into the discussions at national and international levels to contribute to furthering the agenda on Traditional Medicine and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Health. It is also expected to help create an online forum on TM for reaching out to regions like Africa and Latin America and integrate this into South-South Cooperation network.

The Webinar is open to researchers, scholars, policymakers, civil society organisations and international bodies who have interest and knowledge to contribute the same.

Webinar Themes

  • Policy, Practice and Science Links on Traditional Medicine
  • Traditional Medicine and Community Health in Developing Countries
  • Health and Wellness in the context of Traditional Medicine
  • The Fourth Tier in Health Systems
  • TDU efforts at mainstreaming TM – Public Health dimensions
  • Mainstreaming TM practitioners into Health Systems – Global experiences
  • Dietary diversity in the context of Traditional Medicine
  • Health, Food and Nutrition – Perspectives from Traditional Medicine

Important Dates

  • Webinars will be held every Wednesday starting November 8th, 2017.

  • The other dates are November 15th, 22nd, 29th and December 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.


For more information, please email Dr. Sarin N S at sarin.ns@tdu.edu.in or call on +91 8884547369.


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Phone: +91 80 28568000/01/02/03

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