On August 17, 2020, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched Tribal Health and Nutrition portal called “SWASTHYA”. Also, the ministry launched the “ALEKH” e-newsletter on health and nutrition.
The portal is first of its kind. It provides information related to health and nutrition of tribal population in India. It will also act as an integrated source of information about research studies, innovative practices, case studies and best practices that were collected from different parts of the country.
The “Piramal Swasthya” is to act as the Centre of Excellence for Knowledge Management for Health hand Nutrition. The centre will constantly engage with the Ministry of Tribal and provide valid information. This will help in policy making and decision processes.
The Government of India has launched other initiatives as well to improve the lives of tribal in the country. GOAL was launched in partnership with Facebook
GOAL is Going Online as Leaders. The programme aims to mentor 5000 tribal youths in the country and enable them to become young leaders in their communities.
The initiative is being implemented by Ministry of Tribal Affairs along with Facebook and Niti Aayog. It was launched in October 2019.
The project also aims to close the gender gap. And hence It is committed to enrol more women. It will also work in bringing up leadership qualities in tribal women.
The E-Newsletter is to be released on quarterly basis. It is to showcase the works of different stakeholders involved in improving health and nutrition of tribal. This will help to learn from each other’s successes and also from failures.
The tribal population in India according to Census 2011 is 104 million. Most of the tribal are living in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Maharashtra and also in North Eastern states.
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