Traditional Health Practices of Kumaoni Women: Continuity and Change

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  • Author :Anjali Capila
  • Year of Publication :2004
  • ISBN: :9788180691461
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XXIII, 370
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Ayurveda and Health Sciences, Women Studies

About the Book :

The medicalization of life in the contemporary world has dominated the health scenario, an approach that has ignored the holistic knowledge of traditional societies. This book examines the traditional health practices of women in the Kumaon Hills (Uttaranchal) with special focus on reproductive and child health. Rituals and practices related to menstruation, delivery, post-delivery, antenatal care and child health have been understood by 'listening' to women who are the holders and practitioners of this traditional wisdom. The theoretical conceptual framework reiterates the inter-connectedness of culture, health and development. The major health concerns of women, their access to healthcare, the role of NGOs and the Government infrastructure in providing health facilities and building the capacities of women in the community have been examined in detail. Based on the insights of the first phase of the research, the second part of the book focuses on addressing the health needs of adolescent girls in Uttaranchal. A module on reproductive and child health has been developed keeping culture-specifics of this region in mind and building on the traditional knowledge and wisdom of women.

About Author :

Anjali Capila is presently Reader and Head of the Post-graduate Department of Community Resource Management and Extention at the Lady lrwin College, University of Delhi. She teaches Development Communication and is actively involved with the Planning and Organisation of the field work of the department in rural and semi-urban communities. She has been a consultant to UNICEF on a number of projects, namely, "Images of Girls on Television: perceptions of viewers in Delhi (1988)", Training of field functionaries of ICDS (1991),"Health and sanitation kit for rural motivators - a study in Jammu and Kashmir (1992)" she co-ordinated a research project Women leaders in Panchayati Raj in five states of north India in collaboration with all India Women's Education Fund Association (1966). She has edited a book entitled Studies in Communication which is a compilation of abstracts of the research in Communication and Extension conducted at the Department. This book is based on her doctoral thesis entitled Socio-cultural images of women in the folk songs of Garhwal Himalayas.