Emperor Asoka is known as Piyadasi (in Pali) or Priyadarshi (in Sanskrit) meaning “He who regards everyone with affection". All his inscriptions have the imperial touch and show compassionate loving. He addressed his people as his "children".

FHSM Calendar

Visit the FHSM Calendar for the year 2011-2012 for the activities, events and schedule of FHSM.


Alternative Health Systems & Health Care

Health Rights of Women

As India strives towards becoming a more egalitarian society, individual human development becomes important and health and education become critical factors in reaching this goal. Health includes physical and mental development also the psychological and social development. Health problems that the tribals face are infant mortality, nutritional status, fertility, neo-natal mortality, post-natal mortality, peri-natal mortality, poor life-expectancy etc. Many programs were organized for the tribal women of kolli hills regarding health rights.

Awareness and Training Program on Medicinal Plants, Siddha and Naturopathy

Medicines in India are used by about 60 per cent of the world's population. These are not only used for primary health care not just in rural areas in developing countries, but also in developed countries as well where modern medicines are predominantly used. While the traditional medicines are derived from medicinal plants, minerals, and organic matter, the herbal drugs are prepared from medicinal plants only. Siddha medicine is one of the ancient practices of India found to be originated from South India by the great sage Agasthiyar. In order for developing alternative medical system which would not give side effects, and locally available, FHSM has launched the campaign for reviving ancient school of medicines in Tamil Nadu.

Prevention of STD/HIV/AIDS/TB, Care and Support, and Treatment

FHSM has implemented community driven STD/HIV/AIDS prevention program among the sex workers and their clients. FHSM has thrived for the impact based activities which shall draw upon community driving supports to combat STD/HIV/AIDS. Part of this initiative, FHSM has started the program on Sputum collection for Namakkal TB Society. The main objective was to support goals of Indian Government¡¦s Tribal Action Plan to increase coverage of revised national Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) to cover tribal groups in order to reduce the burden of poverty upon communities in Kolli Hills block of Namakkal District, Tamil Nadu. In kolli hills there are 2 primary health centers and 16 sub-centers. However, they are insufficient to tackle the problem of TB which is largely catered by the General Hospital of Namakkal which has a department separately categorized for TB patients. So the tribal population of kolli hills prefers to get diagnosed with Namakkal Government Hospital for TB related issues. The system of primary health center which is not adequate to cater to the needs of TB patients has become a serious problem. Therefore there is definitely a need for establishing sputum collection center and transport services for eradicating and diagnosing TB patients. FHSM has been working in kolli hills for the past 5 years and has developed very good rapport with the tribal communities would act as a catalyst to the project.

Wed, 16th Jan @ Chennai
FHSM meets with Walter Hahn from the German Dalit solidarity platform DSiD to discuss potential cooperation.

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