Recently Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan, formally launched the Tribal Health Collaborative “Anamaya”. This initiative only launched for Tibals.

Points To Note

  • Anamaya is a multi-stake holder initiative.
  • Anamaya was launched by the Health Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • It will also be supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Piramal Foundation.
  • The main objective of Anamaya initiative is to enhance health and nutrition eco-system of tribal communities in India
  • The collaborative for initiative will set up the National Council on Tribal Health and a Tribal Health Cell to monitor the health care needs in tribal areas.
  • Also, it will implement the Tribal Health Action Plan.
  • Anamaya will converge efforts of government agencies and organizations to enhance the health and nutrition status of tribal communities in India.

Recently, Health Ministry and Tribal Affairs Ministry together launched the Tribal Tuberculosis Initiative to fulfill the goal of “TB Mukt Bharat”, that is, “Tuberculosis Free India” by the year 2025.

Need for the initiative

Recently Abhay Bang Committee submitted a report on “Tribal Health in India”.

  • The Child mortality halved among the tribal population in 26 years. It was 90 in the year 1988 and has reduced to 44 in the year 2014.
  • The Under-5 mortality rate has declined from 135 in the year 1988 to 57 in the year 2014.
  • The prevalence of Tuberculosis in rest of India is 256 per 100,000 cases. However, in case of tribal population, it is 703 cases per 100,000.
  • One in 4 tribal adult suffers from hypertension.

The findings of the committee clearly shows that more care should be taken towards improving health of tribal population in the country.

Anamaya Tribal Health Collaborative launched