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Talk on “Childcare in the Indian Indigenous Health Systems” by Prof. Malavika Kapur

May 4, 2017

Talk on “Childcare in the Indian Indigenous Health Systems” by Prof. Malavika Kapur
Visiting Professor at NIAS,
Former Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the NIMHANS

Chair and Moderator
Dr.Maya Mascarenhas
Pediatrician and Community Health Specialist

Organised by Bangalore International Centre

About the topic
Childcare from the perspective of developmental psychology in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Tibetan medicines is explored by the author who is a child psychologist. Though the four systems originated in different geographical regions, they share common core constructs of a holistic approach consisting of mind-body unity. The core of psychological and physical healing in these systems rests on bringing about harmony and balance of disturbed functions through diet, daily regimen and drugs. Despite the commonalities, the practice of childcare in the four systems vary a great deal. The differences seem to be rooted in local sociocultural, religious and folk healing practices. Remarkably, in all of them, prescriptions of drugs and behaviour are psychologically grounded and uncannily modern from the perspective of developmental psychology. The holistic approach is where their strength lies. Whether personality frameworks identified in the four systems can be incorporated into contemporary medical practice: whether the preferred childcare practices among the four systems can be empirically studied in the current paediatric, psychological and parenting research are some of the questions that need to be answered_ Yet another question is that of faith, if it is of importance to the patient, can be incorporated as an element into contemporary healing practice?

Prof. Malavika Kapur Prof. Kapur is a Visiting Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru and former Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and has fifteen books and over 100 publications to her credit.

Dr Kapur has recently been honoured by the National Academy of Psychology with the honorary fellowship and life time achievement award_ She has been a consultant for organizations such as the WHO, UGC, NCERT, NIPCCD, ICMR and ICSSR. She has been twice awarded the scholar in residency at the Study and Conference Centre, at Bellagio in Italy, by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has been on the Advisory Group of the ICD Revision of Child Psychiatric Disorders at the WHO Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, Geneva from March 2010.

Her areas of interest are Developmental Psychology, Community Mental Health Programmes for Children and Adolescents in, Primary Health Care personnel and Anganawadi Workers

Her work is embedded in the cultural context as revealed in her study of child care in Ancient India based on Ayurveda. In the recent past she has been exploring, in addition to Ayurveda, Child Care in the Indian Indigenous Health Systems in Unani, Siddha and Tibetan Medicine from the Perspective of Developmental Psychology.

Dr. Maya Mascarenhas Dr. Maya Mascarenhas is a Pediatrician and a Community Health Specialist. Having trained and worked in St. John’s Medical College for over 15 years, she has spent the past 18 years with MYRADA, an NGO focused on integrated rural development. Over the years, she has worked extensively in North and Central Karnataka and other remote areas of Chamrajnagar and Kolar to develop sustainable community models to address anemia and malnutrition in women and children_

on Friday | 5th May 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

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