Herbal farmer Village project of the Ministryof Indigenous Medicine started on 28th,March 2005 and it was expected by this projectto minimizethe cost increased annually for the foreign countries for the import of dried herbs. A survey conducted in 2000 revealed that nearly a sum of Rs 125 Million is annually spent for the dried herbs. There had been a much import of dried herbs such as
The major expectation of this project was to identify herbs which are locally cultivatable and turn out a new farmer community for the cultivation of herbs to popularize this cultivation as a source of income generation. The progress achieved hither to and its objectives are as follows,
A service for the improvement of community healthcare facilities through the Indigenous Medical System has been commenced from 1st October 2004 to cover 22 Divisional Secretariates in the Anuradhapura district. Under this service, 22 Community Health Promotion Ayurvedic Medical Officers and 210 Community Health Promotion Officers were appointed.
The following activities are performed under this service
This community health promotion pilot project was implemented in 22 Divisional Secretary Divisions in the Anuradhapura District for the prevention of diseases and was subsequently expanded to cover the entire island. The project focused on introducing food items with nutritional and medicinal value while actively obtaining the support of the community to reduce their health expenditure and attention was also paid on aspects that help maintain sound mental health. A host of other programs too were implemented to control contagious and non-contagious diseases, eradicate drug menace, prevent renal failure and diabetes, improve sanitation among school children, popularize local grains and conduct first aid training programs and mobile clinics. A community health pilot group has been appointed to carry out these programs.
With the participation of 146 farmers cultivation of Katuwelbatu and other medicinal plants has been initiated in the Anuradhapura district with a view to turn out farming, community of herbal cultivation. Such farmers have provided assistance for agro wells and water pumps.
Arrangements have been made to set up two permanent Poshana Mandira in selected places in 2011 under the supervision of Divisional Secretaries in order to popularize local foods and herbal drinks among the Sri Lankans and improve their nutrition standard. In addition, 10 mobile poshana mandira have been arranged as a self-employment of selling Kola Kenda and herbal drinks. At present 20 mobile poshana Mandira are being prepared and the youths of low income group are provided such carts and bicycles to start self-employments.
The Physicians who are committed to the service for the people in the rural areas render their services without expectation of economic advantages. They perform their services with the least facilities such physicians have faced a very serious problem in the provision of residential treatment to the patients.The Ministry of Indigenous Medicine has planned to construct a building named as "Hela Veda Gedara" at low cost to enable them to give residential treatments to 10 patients as a solution to this problem. This programme is implementing Island wide. Accordingly sum of Rs. 12/- million has been allocated for each and 09 buildings are being expected to construct for Hela Veda Gadara under this programme.
Sri Lanka's indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas or Wanniya-laeto ('forest-dwellers')as they call themselves, preserve a direct line of descent from the island's original Neolithic community dating from at least 14,000 BC and probably farearlier according to current scientific opinion.1 Even today, the surviving Wanniya-laeto community retains much of its own distinctive cyclic worldview, prehistoric cultural memory, and time-tested knowledge of their semi-evergreen dry monsoon forest habitat that has enabled their ancestor-revering culture to meet the diverse challenges to their collective identity and survival. With the impending extinction of Wanniya-laeto culture, however, Sri Lanka and the world stand to lose a rich body of indigenous lore and living ecological wisdom that is urgently needed for the sustainable future of the rest of mankind.The ministry of indigenous medicine has started a programme for preserving veddas culture and share knowledge with while cutivation medicinal plants and practicing their own medical practices with the colleboration of Ministry of Cultural Affaires .