Odisha to host India’s first tribal health observatory
- Odisha is planning to create India’s only observatory, which
will house data on the state’s indigenous population’s health.
- The ST and SC
Development Department and the RMRC, a regional institution of the Indian
Council of Medical Research, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this
- The Tribal Health Observatory (TriHOb) is the “first in the
nation,” according to the Information Department, and is aimed to be an
effective, evidence-based, and policy-oriented centre.
- It will monitor illness burden, health-seeking behaviour,
and the healthcare delivery system in relation to tribal health in the state in
a systematic and continuing manner.
- ‘Mo School’ Abhiyan chairman Sushmita Bagchi also
inaugurated a tribal family health survey among indigenous groups during the
event in which the MoU was signed.
- The survey will serve as a springboard for future
longitudinal cohort studies and policy research.
- The ‘Mo School’ (My School) programme aims to connect,
collaborate, and contribute to the renovation of government and
government-aided schools in Odisha.