AYUSH related activities at MAAS
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Beginning: The Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences (MAAS) in collaboration with University of Pune organized an international symposium on Medical Anthropology in December 1978, participated by 53 health scientists from North America and Europe. For the first time, International platform was created for Ayurveda under the leadership of Pandit Shiv Sharma. Prof. A. L. Basham, an eminent lndologist, author of the classic “The Wonder that was India” was present to organize International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine at Australian National University, Canberra in September 1979. International Association was formed at Canberra and Indian Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) was formed at Pune University in April 1980 with Pandit Shiv Sharma as President and Prof. R. K. Mutatkar as General Secretary. Several Seminars, Symposia, Conferences were organized under IASTAM banner. After Pandit Shiv Sharma, Dr K. N. Udupa became the President of IASTAM followed by Prof. R. K. Mutatkar, President of MAAS.
Recent Past: Prof. R. K. Mutatkar as President of MAAS chaired the Working Group on AYUSH in Public Health at the Steering Committee on AYUSH for the XI five year Plan. Dept. of AYUSH supported a symposium on AYUSH at Indian National Confederation and the Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA) Conference at Pune organized by MAAS in 2007.
Present Status: The Centre’s recommendations about AYUSH in Public Health have been accepted by the Steering Committee on AYUSH for XII Five Year Plan.
XIIth Five Year Plan: Accepted recommendations from Centre: AYUSH in Public Health
- Co-location at the sub-centre level between paramedics, PRI under the leadership of AYUSH Medical Officer.
- AYUSH Gram focusing on community participation and initiatives.
- AYUSH based food fortification in Anganwadi and Mid-day meal programme to prevent childhood Malnutrition.
- National AYUSH Institutes- Swastha Vritta Departments to function as centres of AYUSH in Public Health.
- AYUSH based maternity services in AYUSH health centres
- Geriatric care in AYUSH centers.
Study Project: Dept of AYUSH supported a study project “Mainstreaming of AYUSH under NRHM” (2007-09) in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, a draft report of which was presented on 3 August 2009 at AYUSH Dept.Presentation PPT
Centre: AYUSH in Public Health: Secretary of AYUSH, Smt. S. Jalaja offered on 3 August 2009, Centre of Excellence: AYUSH in Public Health. The project proposal submitted in February 2010 was approved by the project approval committee. However, for technical reasons, the project is being funded under the Central Sector Scheme for promotion of AYUSH Interventions in Public Health Initiatives, with a sub-title CoE.Proposal in brief