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National Seminar on Tribal Health Issues
Jan 29, 2015

Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with ICMR had organized a national level seminar to discuss all tribal health issues covering thematic areas i.e. malaria, nutrition, sickle cell anaemia and maternal and child health.

Issues Discussed in the Seminar

  • The tribal health issues are different from the mainstream health issues as a result of which they are in the bottom line of indication.

  • More than a decade of research has shown that small and affordable measures can significantly reduce the health risks that women face when they become pregnant.

  • Most maternal deaths could be prevented if women had access to quality Ante Natal Care (ANC) during pregnancy, childbirth, and immediately afterwards.

  • Quality ANC includes minimum of at least 4 ANCs including early registration of pregnant mother and first ANC in first trimester along with physical and abdominal examinations, Hb estimation and urine investigation, two doses of T.T Immunization and consumption of IFA tablets for 100 days.

  • Web enabled Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) is being implemented by Department of Health as a mission mode project under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) to register and track every pregnant woman.

  • Till date significant percentage of ST women do not fall under the radar of MCTS registration mechanism and hence being deprived of quality ANC service.

  • As per National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3) estimates, the likelihood of having received care from a doctor is lowest for scheduled tribe mothers (only 32.8% compared to all India total of 50.2 % and 42% for Scheduled Caste).

  • In spite of providing facility for free immunization to the pregnant mothers, only 32.4% of ST mothers (lowest among all social groups) received advice about where to go if they experienced pregnancy complications.

  • Interventions are required to achieve 100% coverage of immunisation of pregnant mothers amongst tribals.


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