The single most important international organisation that plays a role in the health policy of the developing countries is the World Health Organisation. In the year 1978, a landmark for WHO because of the Declaration it made in Alma Ata, it acknowledged and incorporated the significance of public health as the necessary perspective of health policy worldwide. As part of the Alma Ata Declaration, there was recognition that traditional medicine can play a worthwhile role in improving the health care of a majority of people in the world.
The New WHO Policy: Towards a Global Consensus?
by , WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005, 01 January, 2005
This essay is to be conceived in two parts. The first part is an exegesis of an eighteenth-century tract on the practice of smallpox inoculation in Bengal written by a Scottish medic. Cited repeatedly in the contemporary history and anthropology of smallpox in India, it has been invariably used to highlight the technique of inoculation in eighteenth-century India. Caught in disciplinary cleaving between anthropology and history, its original import has not been addressed. The exegesis in restoring the text to its intended import, argues that it offers a theory of smallpox, and in this theory the technique of inoculation is a moment in larger therapeutics.
Preparing for the Pox: A Theory of Smallpox in Bengal and Britain
by Harish Naraindas, Asian Journal of Social Science, 01 January, 2003
Was the 2006 epidemic of chikungunya in South India abioterrorist attack? A fact-sheet on chemical and bio-logical weapons at www.cbwinfo.comidescribes the chikun-gunya virus (CV) thus:`highly infective and disabling but ...not transmissible between people\'.Hence,`it would mostlikely be dispensed as an aerosol or by the release of infectedmosquitoes.The disabling joint pain and fever,the lack of asuitable animal reservoir in western countries and its lack oflethality make it a very \"clean\"weapon that could be usedagainst key civilian installations\'.
Epidemics of Fever : Allopathic Prevention or Alternative Cure
by Harish Naraindas, Journal of Health & Development, 01 January, 2007
The basic premise of the paper is that Western medicine’ sco-opting of specific technologies and materials from other (indigenous) medical traditions,stripped of the original theories underlying their use, has problematic consequences for the practitioners and patients of both source and recipient traditions.The paper begins by illustrating the historical continuity of this process by way of an example from India’s colonialera.The fact that specific practices or materials are regarded as biomedically useful because they ‘work’ (are efficacious) does not mean that the ‘traditional’ theories underlying them are seen as correct.
Of spineless babies and folic acid : Evidence and efficacy in biomedicine and ayurvedic medicine
by Harish Naraindas, Social Science & Medicine, 18 January, 1996
It seems to be an article of faith that the AYUSH of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, to which can now be added Naturopathy and Yoga, is some kind of moribund life form on the margins of society, or debris floating at a different pace on the edge of a fast moving river whose ‘mainstream’ is allopathy. This is despite the fact that allopathy does not as yet service the health needs of the majority; or despite the fact that number of ISM colleges of medicine have recently outstripped MBBS colleges, or that ISM pharmaceuticals and ‘cosmoceuticals’ are turning into a multimillion dollar global industry.
Mainstreaming AYUSH and Ayushing Obstetrics
by Harish Naraindas, , 27 June, 2008