Volume 4
Commentary-Special Issue(Deepening of Disciplinary Content: Public Health in Post-Covid India)

Indian Plural Health System and Resilience: Lessons from Covid-19

Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana
Visiting Professor, University of Transdisciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, 74/ 2, Jarakabande Kaval, Post Attur via Yelahanka, Bengaluru - 560064 India

Published 2023-09-02


  • Ayush, Pluralism, Public Health, Pandemic, Healthpolicy

How to Cite

Payyappallimana, U. (2023). Indian Plural Health System and Resilience: Lessons from Covid-19. DIALOGUE: Science, Scientists and Society, 4(.), 1–15. Retrieved from https://dialogue.ias.ac.in/index.php/dialogue/article/view/35


Beginning with a brief recent history of plural health systems in the Indian context, this is a commentary on the idea of resilience from the perspectives of AYUSH and local health traditions (LHTs) as witnessed historically and during the COVID pandemic. By narrating the AYUSH systems’ experiences during COVID-19, in providing health care and in attempts at building rigorous research and evidence, it examines their potential future engagement in the public health scenario in the country. The article contextualizes the potential core functions of plural and integrative health systems for the resilience of the Indian health system.


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