Mahesh started working as a student fellow with the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLTHT), whilst studying a Bachelors of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS). Ayurveda (Ayurvedic medicine) is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, based on the belief that health and well-being depend on a balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Whilst studying, Mahesh was involved with various projects developing databases on Ayurveda.
His diverse interests have involved him with various plant, animal and environmental conservation programmes and non-governmental organisations in India and the UK. As a programme coordinator working with indigenous communities (Adivasi) in South India, Mahesh’s work focused on the revitalisation of local health traditions and cultural heritage, to create integrative healthcare models which are sustainable at the community level.
Since completing his Masters in Public Health, he has been working on projects and policies governing integration of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in public health systems. In collaboration with the Norwegian government, Mahesh coordinated a study for the development of a Maternal and Child health programme by integrating traditional medicine and western medicine at primary healthcare level. He currently works as a Research Associate at Tran-Disciplinary University, Bangalore and as a Volunteer Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.