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This is the program on Revival and promotion of Indian Medical Heritage systems and practices as well as wider adaptation of growing herbs for green treatment as a symbiotic strategy for health and livelihood security as well as to arrest the climate change. Promotion of the folk healers through state level federation is a major activity. This programme spreads over the 21 districts of Odisha with a wide network of different stakeholders. Intensive training was imparted to the younger generation to become the herbal healers and village Botanists, 232 nos. of Community Knowledge Registers have been prepared, 5568 students from 104 schools have been very active through green Health Clubs for learning the use of the medicinal plants through herbal healers and the school level Green herbal garden have been established.


Revitalization, Conservation and Promotion of medicinal plant diversity and related traditional knowledge to provide health and livelihood security at community level.

  • In-situ conservation of medicinal plant resources used by Indian system of medicine by establishing MPCPs, MPCAs and ethno medicinal gardens through participatory manner.
  • Identification of local healers (Vaidyas) and strengthening Local healers associations for recognition.
  • Systematic documentation and scientific assessment of medicinal plants and related traditional knowledge to combat the erosion and promote the effective LHP
  • Preparation of community health knowledge registers (CHKRs)- for protecting the LHPs from bio-piracy and fighting for the intellectual property rights of the community on applications of medicinal plants for sharing of benefits under bio-diversity act.
  • Establishment of Home Herbal Garden at the household level for providing health security at the doorstep.
  • Cultivation of medicinal plants for livelihood enhancement of rural tribes
  • Inclusion of eco-friendly health education system in schools.
  • Development of model herbal villages for inclusion of herbal therapy in the house holds level.
  • Promotion of medicinal plant enterprises owned by medicinal plant cultivators, medicinal plant collectors, local healers and women SHGs for sustainable livelihood-healing heritage Producers' company.
  • Clinical trials for the most endemic disease like malaria to findout the prophylactic effectiveness of the region specific herbal medicines based on traditional health practices and promotion of the same in the different endemic zones.
  • Establishment of knowledge information center for dissemination of information related to traditional knowledge which leads to scientific evaluation of the knowledge and practice
Villages Covered 3300
Medicinal plant Conservation areas 06
Ethno- medicinal Educational garden 02
Nurseries across Orissa 62
Home Herbal Gardens 25000
Community herbal gardens 112
Vaidyas identified 5060
Vaidya associations 42
Green Health Clubs Established 104
Knowledge Information center 02
Herbarium 650

The major initiative taken in the year was the Strengthening the business operation and governance system of the Healing Heritage Producer Company and improving the collection and cultivation practices of the medicinal plants with the support of FAO. The initiative was quite successful as 52 farmers have initiated organic cultivation of three medicinal and aromatic plants, 25 lead farmers from the community have been trained as master trainers in GACP and they in turn have trained 75 fellow farmers/collectors and a set of guidelines have been developed for practicing GACP and for standardization of herbal medicine.

Bio-Culture Community Protocol :

It emphasizes on the BCP (Biocultural Community Protocol) of the two types of Tribal communities of Mayurbhanj district namely, Hill Kharia and Mankadia. BCP defines; Indigenous peoples and many local communities have close connections with specific territories or areas, which are the foundations of their identities,cultures, languages, and ways of life. This is sometimes referred to as collective bio-cultural heritage. Systems of self-governance and self-management have been developed over many generations, underpinned by customary laws, values, and beliefs. These decision-making systems enable communities to sustain their livelihoods and provide for future generations within the natural limits of their territories and areas.

Sambandh & IGNOU Collaboration :

Sambandh has initiated certification of Prior Learning and knowledge of traditional healers in collaboration with IGNOU. In this regards Rapid Village Survey in 10 villages of Mayurbhanj district was conducted to identify traditional health practioners and streams of their practices. Followed by that and based on the set criteria the traditional healers were finalized for the certificate course. There after a workshop was conducted on "Minimum Standards of Competency (MSC) for traditional Health Practitioner". A data base was prepared on the diagnosis & treatment specifically 3 diseases like Jaundice, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Common Ailments. Basing on the 3 MSCs, the 1st phase interview was conducted for prior learning certification in the district of Mayurbhanj.

Preventing incidence of Malaria by Herbal formulation :

To ensure the health security in the malaria endemic thereby securing the livelihood of the rural population, an initiative has been taken to check the incidence of malaria. In this regards forest mapping, documentation, traditional health practices, workshops on documentation and assessment of the traditional formulation, the conduction of pre-clinical and clinical trial for the approval by the ethical committee for the launch of the final product in the market for the public accessibility was done. Only 0.9% in the study group complained for malaria after the health assessment in the health camp. None of the volunteers in the study group reported any adverse side effect of the decoction. It was also observed the people who took the decoction had the problem of scabies, leucorrhea, back pain etc. was cures.

Sambandh has created and implemented various solutions to improve nutrition by emphasizing on the revitalization, conservation and promotion of medicinal plants related to traditional knowledge. We have also introduced the idea of bio-diversity in farming – and local production of various crops for household consumption.

Capacity building of Gaon Kalyan Samiti :

The capacity building training for the members of the Gaon Kalyan Samiti formed under NRHM was conducted in Thakurmunda block of Mayurbhanj District. Altogether 289 and 153 GKS were trained in Thakurmunda and Karanjia block respectively. The training programme was done to enhance the knowledge and skill of members on their roles and responsibilities.

There is a State Level Vaidya Federation which is functional and undertaking different sorts of activities to meet the objective of promoting and revive the local health tradition. The healers association at different district conducted free health check up camps, participated in different district and State level fairs, celebrated Dhanwantari Jayanti at 14 districts at the same time. A mega health check up camp was organized at Bhimkund of Mayurbhanj district in which altogether 896 patients were treated by Ghumsar and Ashwini Kumar Vaidya Sangha.