Holistic approach to improve community health – The AYUSH approach: Experiences from peri-urban areas of Bangalore
In India 60% of the population has no access to mainstream healthcare. Although traditional systems of medicine have been around for thousands of years, their integration is rare.This pilot project suggests traditional medicine may be a viable option for improving the health of rural communities.
Healthcare is the right of every individual but in India the lack of infra- structure and qualified professionals, as well as poor access to basic medi- cines and facilities, thwarts its reach to about 60% of the population. (Vyasulu and Vijayalakshmi 2003). The health status of Indian people and the healthcare services available to them are issues of great concern (Peters et al 2002).