AYUSH Ayurved Intervention

In October 2015, Bhasha was invited by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, to do a pilot project on Ayurved intervention in the Chhotaudepur district. In this three year project, Bhasha aimed to propagate Ayurveda along with the Adivasis’ traditional plant based medicinal practices as a strategy for health care management.

Under the project, the Adivasi Academy has established an Ayurved centre at its campus.

For Bhasha Centre, Ayush and Prakriti are not parallel systems; the endeavour is that the two approaches complement each other. The doctors decide whether the patient’s complaint would be more amenable to allopathic or ayurvedic; the patients’ too have the choice to decide which system of medicine they wish to opt for.

The Ayurved Clinic has a full-time OPD. It is headed by Vaidya Bharati Joshi, an ayurveda expert having thirty years of experience in research and practice of Ayurveda. She is supported by a team that includes a traditional healer, a lab technician and paramedical health staff.

The key objectives of the project are:

  1. To spread awareness and practice of AYUSH Ayurveda intervention among tribals and rural population to improve community health status
  2. Reduce the incidence of selected communicable diseases prevalent in Chhotaudepur taluka through preventive and curative care
  3. Make effective intervention in control of non-communicable health conditions as malnutrition and anaemia among women and adolescent girls
  4. Understand the reasons for the gap between well-being/health status among tribal communities and the AYUSH health delivery system in the area and take steps to improve access and delivery
  5. Suggest and develop mechanisms for enhanced interface between traditional community based healthcare practices and AYUSH.

The activities proposed under the project include:

  1. Conducting baseline survey in 150 villages
  2. Holding Awareness Campaigns and Health Camps
  3. Conducting Capacity Building of government school teachers
  4. Conducting Workshops with traditional healers and AYUSH practitioners
  5. Preparation and Translation of Awareness Material
  6. Training of Community Health Workers in AYUSH Intervention
  7. Conducting End-line survey in 50 villages

Bhasha has completed the baseline survey in 150 villages of Chhotaudepur district and is now conducting the baseline, a comparative analysis of which will highlight the achievements and limitations of the project.

Bhasha has held 30+ health cum awareness camps in the villages of Chhotaudepur to reach out to areas which have little access to healthcare. This has built understanding of the health patterns, ailments and challenges in the various sections of Chhotaudepur district. Further, to provide follow-up treatment to health camp patients as well as other general patients, Bhasha has set up an Ayush OPD at its campus of the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh. The OPD is supported by a pathological laboratory where basic tests are conducted. This helps patients to save time and travel to other places for tests and immediate diagnosis and treatment becomes possible.

Under the project, Bhasha has conducted 15 workshops with 500+ government school teachers in the district to orient them on the role of ayurved in health and well-being.

As part of the project Bhasha has held 6 workshops jointly with traditional tribal healers and ayurved practitioners to develop exchange of knowledge and practices between them. Bhasha collaborated with Tata Steel for Samvad on the theme of traditional medicinal practices. These practices are now being documented as part of a full-length publication.

Under the programme, the Adivasi Academy has set up a herbal garden on its campus. Each herb and tree here is labeled. The garden serves as a demonstration plot for visitors to acquaint themselves with the richness of ayurveda and the medicinal significance of local plants and trees.

Awareness material on ayurveda in Gujarati and Rathwi languages is prepared and disseminated promote use of local medicines.

An ayurved medicine workshop has been started to prepare local formulations which have proved to be successful in treatment, with community participation. Already, a formulation for sickle-cell has been prepared and being tried for its effectiveness.