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Meet Dr S R Narahari, who is passing on his pioneering Lymphatic Filariasis treatment protocol to young doctors

Dr S R Narahari of Institute of Applied Dermatology, Kasargod, Kerala. Image Credit: Special Arrangement.

Dr S R Narahari, director of Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) in Kerala, is on a remarkable and selfless mission to impart his groundbreaking medical treatment protocol for lymphatic filariasis and lymphedema to younger doctors through an intensive training program.

An allopathic dermatologist by qualification, Dr Narahari wants the surgery-free integrative treatment for lymphatic filariasis and lymphedema, which he developed under the guidance of his mentor Professor Terence Ryan of Dermatology, Oxford University, United Kingdom through years of research, to be made an integral part of every government hospital in the country for the benefit of thousands of lymphatic filariasis and lymphedema patients.

It was after witnessing the lack of effective treatment options and the devastating impact that lymphatic Filariasis and lymphedema causes on the lives of patients that Dr Narahari of Institute of Applied Dermatology dedicated himself to find a solution in 1990s. Through meticulous research and unwavering determination, he successfully developed a comprehensive treatment protocol that combined allopathy, ayurveda and yoga for treatment of lymphatic Filariasis and lymphedema.

Now, after successfully treating thousands of patients from across the country and different parts of the world, Dr Narahari, rather than seeking personal fame or financial gain, has made a conscious decision to pass on his knowledge to younger generations of doctors. “I need to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. By partnering with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF),  we could now offer free treatment for Lymphatic Filariasis and Lymphedema to thousands of patients across the country. We have recruited young doctors and are training them on the integrative treatment protocol at Institute of Applied Dermatology for the benefit of the patients. By training younger doctors and spreading this protocol nationwide, we can create a lasting impact on the lives of countless patients,” Dr Narahari told “Open Digest“.

The intensive training program provides young doctors with hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of the treatment protocol. The doctors have undergone rigorous training at Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) campus in Kasargod witnessing real patient cases and mastering the intricacies of the protocol under the guidance of Dr Narahari.

Already, Union Ministry of Ayush has come forward with immense support to the treatment protocol developed by Dr Narahari recognising its potential to improve healthcare infrastructure and enhance patient outcomes on a national scale. The Ministry is actively considering to implement Dr Narahari’s treatment protocol in every government ayurveda hospital in the country to significantly reduce the burden of Lymphatic Filariasis and improve the overall health and well-being of the affected population.

(This article is part of our public health awareness campaign #Hoperenewed)

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