• About the Centre

    Local Health Traditions (LHT) means orally transmitted, traditional healthcare practices which are ecosystem and ethnic community specific. This Centre holds the conviction that Local Health Traditions practiced mostly in villages have significant scope in contributing to health of humans, animals and crops  and should therefore be strengthened as one of the elements in national health policy. 

    However, this potential remains largely ignored and unexplored in Indian health system. Although NRHM 2005 and the AYUSH policy 2002 recognized the role of LHTs, the recognition did not translate into health sector programs.  The CLHT&P engages in programs for community empowerment in respect of LHTs and aspires to make policy interventions to strengthen efforts for the mainstreaming of Local Health Traditions (LHT).

  • Vision and Objectives

    Vision: Self-reliance of rural communities in primary healthcare

    Mission:

     1) To promote the implementation of the QCI-FRLHT program for Certification and Accreditation of Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHP) in all Indian States. 

     2) To implement scalable, sustainable health care practices to build capacity in rural communities for managing specific areas like Anaemia, primary healthcare, malaria prevention, point-of-use solutions for safe drinking water. 

     3) Engage in well-designed field studies to generate data for policy studies focused on mainstreaming of LHT.

  • Expertise at the Centre

    This centre has multiple expertise. The centre takes a leading role in developing transdisciplinary links across the university and turning research into outreach solutions in primary healthcare. Centre has wide range of network with traditional healers across the country which strengthens the 4th tier healthcare system. Community health research, documentation, assessment and validation of traditional health practices are some of the key activities.

  • Research Grants in Progress

    1. VCSTCHP: (Dr. Prakash BN)

    VCSTCHP is a National Scheme established by the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bangalore and Quality Council of India (QCI), New Delhi to certify prior learning of traditional healers, following the International norms as per ISO 17024.

    2. IDA Community Outreach (Dr. Prakash BN)

    Traditional healers provide informal healthcare services to local communities, by
    addressing primary healthcare challenges using ecosystem specific natural resources. Under RIST project, we are leveraging traditional healers as knowledge partners in addressing one of the major public health problems of our country i.e., iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA). Creating an awareness among traditional healers and tribal communities of Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu on use of ecosystem specific medicinal plants and traditional nutritional foods for prevention and management of Iron-Deficiency Anaemia (IDA).
    Funding agency: RIST

    3. Integrative Health Sciences

    This is a pilot proof of practice project to learn lessons for design and execution of a scalable community health program for enhancing general immunity and respiratory health in the communities. The design is based on a touch + tech platform that can transmit reliable knowledge derived from Ayurveda and Yoga, in a manner that can be embedded into daily life.
    Funding agency: BOSCH-India

  • Outreach Activities

    1. Online Iron Deficiency Anaemia Awareness Program to Traditional Healers of Nilgiris district
    To educate the healer's community on the understanding of Iron deficiency anaemia, its causes, diagnostic features and management methods.

    2. Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis (A Webinar series)
    This webinar highlights the key lessons from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the way forward to build resilience of India’s plural health system.

    3. Online Awareness Program on Immunomodulatory properties of medicinal plants for Folk healers and Wider public.
    To encourage people to use Ayurveda based healthcare practices to build their resilience against infectious diseases

    4. Community health education campaign for enhancing Immuno-modulation in the context of COVID-19
    Guidelines for traditional healers and wider public on use of self-care practices to build their resilience against infectious diseases.

  • Collaborations

    1. NAWA (Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association)
    2. Traditional healers’ associations across the country
    3. Mbarara University of Health Sciences and Technology, Uganda
    4. Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru
  • VCSTCHP

    VCSTCHP is a National Scheme established by the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), Bangalore and Quality Council of India (QCI), New Delhi to certify prior learning of traditional healers, following the International norms as per ISO 17024.

  • Application and Information BrochuresDownload Program Documents
  • Community health education campaign for enhancing Immuno-modulation in the context of COVID-19

    This guideline has been prepared for Traditional Healers/ Wider Public on the COVID-19 infection. Specifically to educate the community on use of preventive healthcare practices and to boost immune modulation in the context of COVID-19.

  • Information BrochuresDownload Information in English or Kannada

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