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.
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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