Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda launched ‘Anamaya’- the Tribal Health Collaborative through video conference today. A multi-stakeholder initiative supported by Piramal Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Anameya’ will converge efforts of various Government agencies and organisations to enhance the health and nutrition status of the tribal communities.
On the occasion, Dr Vardhan said, in the past one year, several efforts have been made by the Health Ministry to jointly address the health gaps of the tribal communities with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. He said, recently, the Tribal TB Initiative was launched by both the Ministries to fulfil the Prime Minister’s goal of TB Mukt Bharat by 2025, five years ahead of the global deadline.
Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said his Ministry has been working relentlessly to address the health challenges of the tribal communities, engaging with State Governments, civil society organisations and other stakeholders. He also said that as part of this Collaborative, the Ministry will undertake several activities such as setting up of the National Council on Tribal Health to drive policy initiatives in tribal health, establishment of a Health Cell to closely monitor healthcare delivery in the tribal areas and devising mechanisms to implement the Tribal Health Action Plan.