The Week | By PTI | 20 September 2018
The Centre's screening programme to identify people with sickle cell trait carries a serious risk of labelling and stigmatising millions of tribals suffering from the disease, a government-appointed expert committee has said in its report.
A report on Tribal Health in India has suggested an allocation of 2.5% per capita of GDP on tribal health. It recommends that 9.3% of state budget on tribal health should reach the secondary as well as tertiary health care to tribals. The 12-member expert committee on tribal health headed by Dr Abhay Bang of NGO Search (Gadchiroli) was working on the subject since 2013. After five years of deliberations, the committee submitted its report to JP Nadda, Union health minister, and Jual Oram, tribal affairs minister, on Thursday. It is the first ever such review of tribal health in India.
Malnutrition in tribal people is more than among the non-tribal population and is unacceptably high, says a report prepared by an Expert Committee, set up in 2013 by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The committee said that the food intake and the intake for various nutrients such as proteins, calories, and vitamins have decreased in the last decade in the tribal population.
The first ever report on tribal health, tabled last month by a government-appointed expert committee, has highlighted the dismal scenario in Jharkhand, expressing serious concern at the poor health infrastructure, manpower shortage and inadequate sanitation in the state where tribals constitute 26.2 of the population.
A comprehensive assessment of tribal health, by an expert committee appointed five years ago by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tribal Development, shows that tribal populations in the country were lagging on almost every health parameter.
MUMBAI, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's indigenous children are far more likely to die or suffer from malnutrition than those from other communities, according to the first government study on health among tribal groups. Among indigenous communities, 57 out of every 1,000 children die before age five, compared to 37 deaths in other social groups, according to the report released last week.
The report is the culmination of years of study by an expert committee, which examined how tribal communities in India suffer from inequity in healthcare, and how this gap can be bridged.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Government of India for cooperation between the two Ministries for sensitizing the principals and training to teachers each of all functional EMRSs, Ashram Schools and other Schools supported by MoTA in the country using the existing infrastructure of MoTA in the states.
Report was submitted last month to the ministry of health and family welfare; committee was set up by UPA in 2013. Technology is a double-edged sword, it’s often said. The first ever report on the health of tribals in India that was submitted last week to the Union ministry of health, bears this out once more.
Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancers are often dubbed lifestyle diseases and seen largely as problems of city folks. A new investigation into tribal health has revealed that such non-communicable diseases now constitute major health burden across tribal communities as well. In addition, these communities are reporting mental illness too.
The health status of 104 million tribals in India is worst when compared to other social groups and health care services in tribal areas suffer from major design problems of inappropriateness and lack of participation, claims India’s first comprehensive evidence-based review on
Tribals account for 30 per cent cases of malaria in India and non-communicable and lifestyle diseases are now major health problems facing them, according to a government study. The comprehensive analysis of tribal health, by an expert committee constituted by the ministries of health and tribal affairs in 2013, also revealed that an "unacceptably high" number of tribals suffer from malnutrition.