Integration and development of herbal products to promote community healthcare system project

Integration and development of herbal products to promote community healthcare system project

            The integration and development of herbal products to promote community healthcare system project has set the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for three aspects:   

                  1) SDGs3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, which is ensuring a healthy life and promoting the well-being for people of all ages

                   2) SDGs8: DECENT WORK AND  ECONOMIC GROWTH, which is promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth, supporting the potential of having a job and full employment, and valuable work for everyone

                 3) SDGs17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS, which is strengthening methods of action to be effective and build the power of a global partnership towards sustainable development

 

              In 2020, the School of Pharmacy and the Academic Service Center Walailak University have visited the area surrounding Walailak University to explore health information and problems. It was found that ailments caused by muscle aches are a major health problem in the community. Then, last year “Herbal massage oil product development project to promote community well-being project” was set to solve the symptoms caused by muscle pains in the community. The feedbacks of this project has been well received and provide positive results.  From the project, as mentioned earlier, the results have been well received. And it is the starting point for the project to be extended in 2021, thus creating a project to promote the development of comprehensive herbal products to promote community health and integration at the household and community level.

 

             The integration and development of herbal products to promote community healthcare system project for the fiscal year 2021 focuses on enabling the community to apply the knowledge to support health care and connect the community participation in terms of the value of the local herbs. In addition, we promote the use of herbs concretely and sustainably by developing all processes that affect the finished product’s quality. The project starts to provide knowledge concerning the agriculture of medicinal plants used as raw materials for health products. Supporting the cultivation of medicinal raw materials from upstream, midstream, and downstream will be essential factors to raise certification standards and product quality.

 

             The production process of health products such as herbal massage oil, herbal compress balls, etc., have been transferred to the member of community enterprise. All technology, equipment, production process, packaging, logos, and marketing channels of finished products have already been provided and supported to the community.

 

The objectives of the project operation are 1) To develop a prototype of herbal products to promote health and well-being and increase income Create a career for the community; and 2) To create a body of knowledge based on the development of health products from local herbs to solve health problems ; 3) To achieve the integration of teaching, research and academic service in the form of Social Engagement to be utilized in solving fundamental health problems, developing community, society, and developing the pharmacy academic curriculum.

 

Project evaluation results were performed by calculating the satisfaction score of all 29 participants. It was found that the satisfaction score was 94.4% (4.72 of 5.00). The recommendation related to the project to make the community health care service become more efficient and benefit mankind is a great need for cooperation among people in the area, local health service agencies, academic departments, and administrative and budgetary agencies in the area.