Institutional mapping of the traditional and complementary service outlets and human resources in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur
Traditional and Complementary Medicine comprises of wide spectrum of practices to prevent and cure diseases. The terms like complementary, alternative, non-conventional medicine are homogenously used in different countries in reference to traditional medicine. The classification of practices and definitions of Traditional Medicine varies in different countries depending on the availability, accessibility, cultural and historical significance, and regulations.
In many parts of the developing countries, Traditional system of medicine remains the primary source of health care. However, there is very limited knowledge about institutions providing T&CM service., Information on what conditions do patients usually consult for at T&CMs, type of services they provide, exact location of the particular kind of services and number of T&CM providing institutions inside Kathmandu Valley will be beneficial to service seekers. Documentation and recognition of suitable and effective practices and, more importantly, discouraging the improper practices is required to deliver intended benefits of T&CM.
For this study, the following system of T&CM practices were included in the study: Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Amchi.
This study aims to collect information on the availability of Traditional and Complementary service facilities through GIS mapping to provide a complete picture of spatial distribution of facilities within Kathmandu Valley.
Study report has been released and it is available on NHRC web portal.