Laya makes a difference in empowering marginalized communities

Herbal Based Health Care

The adivasi regions generally have limited access to mainstream healthcare. Few qualified doctors are willing to be stationed in these remote regions. Before government intervention, prevalent diseases were treated by a rich culture and knowledge of traditional health care. Vanantharam, an institution promoted by LAYA, legitimizes their practice of herbal based medicine to complement prevailing mainstream health care systems by:

  • Promoting standardisation of herbal based medicines
  • Facilitating 'Herbal Gardens'
  • Responding to specific health care needs of adivasi women
  • Up-grading skills of community 'Traditional Health Practitioners'
  • Training young adivasi men and women in herbal medicine preparation for local practice
  • Conducting herbal exhibitions for widespread awareness
  • Managing a Licensed Pharmacy for marketing of medicines

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