An Introduction

‘Aarogya’ (complete health, a total well-being) — the Health program — draws its solutions from the fundamentals of our traditional knowledge. This includes maintenance of — clean and hygienic household practices, sanitation, healthy eating habits, physical exercises, yoga, fresh environment, herbal remedies and Ayurveda — in order to prevent the occurrence of diseases.

Economic and technological development has translated into threats to human health. This has made the society even more vulnerable to epidemic prone diseases and sexually transmitted diseases.

Dhyan Therapy’ is the most significant aspect of individual’s health, promoted by DJJS. It strengthens individual’s mental faculty and prepares a ground for healthy thoughts and therefore healthy body. Thus, achieving sound health at three levels – mental, physical and spiritual. This also helps individuals build a strong immune system.

We also organise health camps and provide medical aid in disaster struck areas during the natural and the man-made calamities.

Approach

For long, health was viewed as mere absence of disease. However, in the contemporary global context, health is defined as total well- being of an individual. Economic development and technological progress have instigated multiple changes on the social front. On one hand, it has facilitated change in lifestyles and on the other; it has deepened the economic gap. Though, these two factors have led to the development of better health facilities but they have equally instigated diversification of health abnormalities encountered today.

Changing face of the ecology of the world is also paving way to the deteriorating conditions of life-supporting natural resources. Threats like climate change add a new dimension to the health sector.

In context of developing countries — which are already striving hard to fight poverty — meeting health concerns becomes extremely challenging. In their struggle to develop and maintain public health infrastructure, a large section of society remains deprived of health services. The rapidly rising private stakes in the health sector competitively win over the public services but fail to cater the poor.

Public health stands as one of the topmost most priorities of developing countries. It is a global issue of concern owing to the knowledge- technology divide in the world. Amidst global change and advent to new and modern ways of treatment, traditional knowledge is fading out unacknowledged. Acknowledging the uniqueness in the genetic make up of each individual, remedies and treatments evolved over several centuries are unique and reflect best understanding of community and geography. Hence is the need of a multidimensional approach to the multiple facets of the health issue.

DJJS recognizes the multi- dimensional nature of the problems impinging upon the health sector and takes up an equally multi- level and cross- disciplinary approach to address such problems. Identifying that the most prevalent health concerns of the modern times actually a fall out of modern lifestyles, we target our action to advocating lifestyle changes towards healthy living. Living patterns are seeing a shift across the societal demarcation and hence we take a customized approach across for dealing with the problem for each age class.

We follow a multi- level approach primary to which remains mass scale sensitization through customized and innovative ways to promote healthy lifestyles. Owing to our multi- sectoral work and expertise, we view healthy lifestyle not in isolation of the resource – efficient and holistic lifestyle but advocate a sustainable healthy living. This particularly involves advocating yoga and ayurveda as natural remedies to all health concerns and potential cures for any long lived problems.

The second level targets the unnecessary suffering borne by those who lack the economic power of availing these services. DJJS through its empowerment projects enables alleviation of people out of poverty indirectly enabling them to have a healthy lifestyle as well as has evolved a system of supporting the needy as and when need arises.