Panel head says recommendations not implemented, Dr Harsh Vardhan assures of action

The Indian Express | Express NEWS Service | 9 August 2020

The expert committee on tribal health was formed in 2013 by the UPA government to identify the health needs of the tribal population and provide focused intervention. The need, its committee members said, came because tribal health requirements are different from urban and rural pockets.

Risk of labelling of tribals in govt's sickle cell screening programme Report

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.

1st review of tribal health seeks 2.5% per capita of GDP allocation

Times of India | By Snehlata Shrivastav | TNN | 11 Aug 2018

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.

Just 32% tribal children consume healthy diet: expert committee

Downtoearth | By Kundan Pandey | 4 September 2018

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.

Tribal health victim of state apathy

The Telegraph | By Animesh Bisoee | 9 September 2018

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.

Health to poverty: Tribals scrape bottom of barrel

The Indian Express | By Anuradha Mascarenhas | 15 September 2018

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.

Malnutrition, child deaths plague India's tribal people, says government | By Roli Srivastava | 20 September 2018

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.

Activist Abhay Bang wants action on report submitted by expert panel on tribal health

The Indian Express | Vivek Deshpande | 9 August 2020

Activist Abhay Bang on Saturday wrote to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, stating that two years after submission of the report on tribal health by an expert committee headed by him, the government was yet to take any action.

India's first comprehensive tribal health report

India Development Review | By Ayesha Marfatia | 14 NOV 2018

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.

MoU for expanding services of School Health Programme to schools supported by MoTA

Devdiscourse | By Government Press Release | 10 Aug 2018

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.

First ever tribal health report flags dipping child sex ratio

Medibulletin |By MediBulletin Bureau | 4 September 2018

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.

From hypertension to cancers – alarm bells ringing in India’s tribal belts

The Hindu Business Line | By Dinesh C Sharma | 7 September 2018

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.

Set up tribal health advisory councils at state and district level

Times of India | By Abha Goradia | TNN | 12 September 2018

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
tribal health.

1st ever tribal health report flags dismal condition of STs

The Week | By PTI | 16 September 2018

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.