AYUSH and Tribal Affairs Ministries Launch Joint Initiative for Tribal Student Health

Ministry of AYUSH And this Ministry of Tribal Affairs has unveiled a collaborative effort aimed at improving Public health of tribal students. This joint initiative focuses on implementing Ayurvedic interventions to address health problems among more than 20,000 tribal students.

Announcement of Union Ministers

Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda jointly announced the initiative. He highlighted its importance in addressing the health needs of children in Eklavya Model Residential Schools in tribal areas through comprehensive public health interventions.

Objectives and focus areas

  • Targeted Health Needs Assessment: The initiative aims to study the health needs of the tribal population and provide public health services with a focus on addressing key issues such as malnutrition, iron deficiency anemia and sickle cell diseases among tribal students.
  • Ayurvedic Interventions: Leveraging the effectiveness of Ayurveda, the project seeks to provide interventions that are already proven and effective in addressing health issues prevalent among tribal communities.
  • Scope and Coverage: The project targets students aged 10 to 18 years enrolled in classes 6 to 12 in 55 identified Eklavya Model Residential Schools spread across 14 states in India.

Implementation Strategies

  • Promoting healthy lifestyle practices: By incorporating the principles of Ayurveda, the initiative aims to develop healthy lifestyle habits in tribal children, thereby enhancing their overall well-being and disease prevention capabilities.
  • Integration of Medicinal Plant Gardens: It is proposed to include medicinal plant gardens within schools to educate future generations about the importance of traditional medicines in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

collaborative framework

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): In October 2022, a formal MoU was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to explore collaborative avenues for tribal development.
  • Development of nutrition gardens: As a result of this collaboration, the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has established 72 nutrition gardens in Eklavya Model Residential Schools in 20 states, laying the groundwork for this joint health initiative.

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