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Report
Sri Lanka
Ministry of Indigenous Medicine
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INDIGENOUS MEDICINE IN SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka is a country of rich heritage, of which one is
indigenous system of Medicine practiced by the people
since time immemorial. The traditional system of
medicine called Desheeya Chikitsa is popularly known as
the Indigenous system of medicine in Sri Lanka enriched
with contributions of the Ayurveda system of medicine
from North India, the Siddha system of medicine from
South India and the Unani system of medicine of Arabs.
VISION - THE MINISTRY OF
INDIGENOUS MEDICINE
A healthy and prosperous nation for
contributing to the development
of the country through Indigenous
Systems of Medicine (ISM)
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MISSON - MINISTRY OF
INDIGENOUS MEDICINE
To achieve the quality of life
by contributing to physical,
mental, social, economic and
spiritual well-being of the
people of Sri Lanka by
adopting professional
excellence in Indigenous
Systems of Medicine (ISM)
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The Goal
Improving the health status of
the Sri Lankan people through
best practices of traditional,
indigenous and other knowledge
systems while preserving the
identity and strengthening the
role and contribution of the
Indigenous Systems of Medicine
(ISM) in the National Healthcare
System.
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OBJECTIVES
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To expand, re-structure, strengthen and
rationalize the present Care Services
network of the Government and Private
Sectors as required ensuring the quality of
Care Services with the object of enhancing
the public confidence and client satisfaction
regarding the Healthcare Services pertaining
to the Indigenous Systems of Medicine.
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OBJECTIVES
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To encourage the process of subjecting the staff
to an excellent treatment to acquire a maximum
health standard by strengthening the auxiliary
services required for the providing of quality
services in the government and private sector.
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OBJECTIVES
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To strengthen the ability of evidence based
decision making for the development of health in
Establishments, Departments and Bordeaux
relating to Indigenous Medical field.
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OBJECTIVES
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To enhance the community and society participation in
the Healthcare Process through the expansion of the
understanding of clients regarding their rights and
responsibilities.
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OBJECTIVES
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To strengthen the management capabilities at Central,
Provincial and District level in a manner to enhance the use
of responsibilities and management capabilities and
capacities of the decentralized Care Services.
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OBJECTIVES
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To strengthen Research activities enabling the
contribution to a programme to ensure the quality
of services and products pertaining to the
Indigenous Systems of Medicine.
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OBJECTIVES
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To strengthen the partnership of the
Government and private sectors through
the establishment of a regulatory
structure for encouraging investment to
make more efficient the services of the
Private Sector and to protect the quality
of such services.
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OBJECTIVES - 8
To upkeep an efficient, reasonable and economical care
service to the satisfaction of the clients by encouraging
the political leadership, policy makers, managers,
advisors, evaluators and investors to develop such
Care Service by continuous utilization of quality
information.
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OBJECTIVES
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To take steps to conserve and develop
hereditary and traditional knowledge and
practices of Indigenous Systems of Medicine.
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OBJECTIVE
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To improve,
encourage and
generate the financial
sources of all levels,
for strengthening the
financial feasibility to
develop infrastructure
facilities as required
to maintain the Care
Services in the field of
Indigenous Medicine.
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Scope of Activities
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Rehabilitation
Preservation
Development
Promotion
Advancement
of Indigenous Systems of Medicine
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Institutes under the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine
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Department of Ayurveda
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National Institute of Traditional Medicine
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Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurveda
Research Institute
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Ayurveda Medical Council
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Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation
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Homeopathy Hospital
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Health Institutions and Facilities
Category
Government
Provincial
Council
Local Authorities
Hospitals
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49
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Central
Dispensaries
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159
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230
06
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09
208
230
Free Ayurvedic
Dispensaries
Medicinal Plants
Gardens
Total
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The Challenges
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Imbalance in the health delivery
system
Insufficient attention towards
preventive services
Human Resources Development
Preservation of traditional
knowledge
Inadequacy of legal instruments
Inadequacy of scientific research
Standardization of Ayurvedic Drugs
Lack of National Policy for
cultivation of herbs
Promotion of the herbal industry
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Traditional Medicinal Knowledge Management
• Implementation of Contributory pension scheme
for Traditional ayurvedic practitioners
• Establishment of Traditional Research Hospital
and Museum
• Implementing Grukula Programme to conserve the
traditional knowledge
•Conducting Training programes for traditional practitioners
Identification of Traditional Practitioners who serve grate service
to the Country
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Human Resource Development
The main arm of training in this sector is the National
Institute of Traditional Medicine.
This institute is conducting training programs for Traditional Physicians, Medical Officers,
Other staffs and communities. There are 7 Divisions for training as follows;
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Traditional Medicine Division
Management Development Training Division
Drugs Production Development Training Division
Medicinal Plant Division
Community Health care Division
Nutrition & School programs Division
Information & Statistics Division
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Herbal Medicinal Product Development
Cultivation of medicinal plants and establishment of herbal gardens to make
the medicinal plants freely available and taking the pressure off from the
natural habitats of the medicinal plants
Preparation of legal frame work to restrict the valuable plants from
Sri Lanka
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Regulatory Issues
- Repealing the Ayurvedic Act no 31 0f 1961
- Establishment of Ayurvedic Medical Council
- Registration of traditional medical practitioners under
ayurvedic medical practitioners
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Protection of Traditional knowledge
- Implementing the programe to conserve the knowledge which come
from family heritage (Gurukula programme)
- Conserve Ola leaves in which secret formulas had written
- Publishing hand books on home remedies
- Conducting awaremess programe to make the people aware of using
home remedies and
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MAY YOU LONG LIVE
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