Local Health Traditions (LHT) and Traditional Medicine (TM) have a significant scope in delivering the Health in order to strengthen Health Systems and to create integrative health policy. However this potential remains largely unexplored in Global health systems and policy. The CLHT&P engages in academic, scientific, community and policy interventions to strengthen efforts towards mainstreaming of Local Health Traditions (LHT).
Population self-reliance in Health
Documentation and Assessment of Local Health Traditions (DALHT)
The centre has been involved in Documentation and (rapid) Assessment of Local Health Traditions (DALHT) 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 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.
Traditional Community Healthcare Providers (TCHPs)
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.
Herbal Malaria Prophylaxis (HMP)
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.
Taluka Herbal Pharmacopoeia (THP)
This centre is engaged in development of taluka (sub-district) level herbal pharmacopoeia based on locally available medicinal plants and community based traditional health practices.
Safe Drinking Water Practices (SDWP)
This centre is also engaged in field testing and outreaching of safe drinking water practices i.e. TamRas. TamRas is a scientifically validated drinking water purifier that uses the property of copper to destroy deadly diarrhea, typhoid and cholera causing pathogens.
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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