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Anamaya: Tribal Health Collaborative

  • 08 Apr 2021
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Recently, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched Tribal Health Collaborative (THC) 'Anamaya' through a video conference.

Key Points

  • About:
    • It is an initiative bringing together governments, philanthropists, national and international foundations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to end all preventable deaths among the tribal communities of India.
    • It will converge efforts of various Government agencies and organisations to enhance the health and nutrition status of the tribal communities of India.
  • Aim:
    • To build a sustainable, high-performing health ecosystem to address the key health challenges faced by the tribal population of India.
  • Stakeholders:
    • It is a multi-stakeholder initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs supported by Piramal Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
      • Piramal Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Piramal Group. The foundation undertakes projects under the four broad areas – healthcare, education, livelihood creation and youth empowerment.
  • Operation:
    • It will begin its operations with 50 tribal, Aspirational Districts (with more than 20% Scheduled Tribe population) across 6 high tribal population states.
    • Over a 10-year period, the work of the THC will be extended to 177 tribal Districts as recognised by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • Other Initiatives Related to the Tribal Communities:
    • Programme for Capacity Building of Scheduled Tribe (ST) Representatives in Local Self Governments:
    • 1000 Springs Initiative:
      • The 1000 Springs Initiative aims at improving access to safe and adequate water for the tribal communities living in difficult and inaccessible parts of rural areas in the country.
      • The initiative will help in harnessing the potential of perennial springs’ water to address natural scarcity of water in tribal areas.
    • Tribal Health Cell:
      • A ‘Tribal Health Cell’ is being set up in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
      • It will help central ministries and state governments to facilitate and strengthen primary health care systems and invest in tribal health research.


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