• Centre for Local Health Traditions and Policy

  • Centre Head

    Hariramamurthi G

  • About the Centre

    Traditional Medicine (TM) and community-based Traditional Knowledge (TK) have a significant scope in delivering the Public Health objectives as envisaged by the Health Systems and Policy framework in India. However this potential remains largely unexplored for want of insightful and robust implementation frameworks. The Centre for Public Health engages in academic, scientific, community and policy interventions that would strengthen efforts towards meaningful mainstreaming of TM and Local Health Traditions (LHT) in the policy and health service delivery landscape of our nation.

  • Mission

    • Validation of Ayurvedic concepts of health
    • Revitalization and mainstreaming of LHT
    • Sustainable solutions for health and well-being based on TM
    • Herbal prophylaxis against vector borne diseases such as Malaria
    • Policy advocacy for creation of integrative frameworks of health services
  • Objectives

    • To execute reliable models of intervention based on concepts of health as described in Ayurveda for proof of evidence and validation
    • To engage in health systems framework studies from the purview of pluralistic health systems
    • To engage with emerging and widening concepts of health such as ‘One Health’ and ‘Planetary Health’
    • To contribute towards strengthening policy advocacy for larger scope for the AYUSH systems of medicine in National Health Programs through academic and community-based interventions
    • To engage with and support Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHP) towards certification of competencies as envisaged in the National Health Policy 2017
    • To engage in policy studies focusing on Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (T-CAM)
  • Activities

    The centre has been previously involved in Documentation and Rapid Assessment of Local Health Traditions (DRALHT) in association with traditional community health providers (Folk healers) across the country, with a focus on revitalization and mainstreaming of local healers, so that they serve as first response healthcare providers for the the primary health needs of their community. Through this participatory research methodology, key community priority health needs and appropriate traditional health practices that are effective and relevant for fulfilling the local community health needs have been identified.

    FRLHT-TDU has also been involved in an Accreditation and Certification of Prior Learning program (ACPL) of Traditional Community Health Providers (TCHPs), against a set of Minimum Standards of Competency in their respective streams of practice, based on personnel certification guidelines, along with Indira Gandhi National Open University and the Quality Council of India in 2011.This program has been now launched as a Voluntary National Scheme, along with QCI, for the Certification of TCHPs.

    This centre is also exploring the potential use of locally available medicinal plant resources for primary healthcare. Ethnobotanical studies conducted by this centre have identified medicinal plants which are used for prevention of malaria in malaria-endemic areas like Odisha, Chhattisgarh etc. Pre-clinical & clinical validation of safety & efficacy of herbal malaria prophylaxis is one among key research areas focused in this centre.

    The centre is looking forward to work with existing community based organization which are making an impact on health outcomes at their local level and also carry out research to propose better way of implementation for the CBOs.

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