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India is home to 104 million tribal people who have been living in solidarity with nature since centuries. These distinctly different tribal communities are rich in linguistic and cultural diversity.

Tribal people reside in hilly, forested, and remote rural areas with limited or no access to a public health system that remains largely urban-centric. Additionally, they also have deeply ingrained beliefs and traditional practices that prevent them from seeking medical assistance elsewhere. Socio-cultural discrimination further alienates them. Thus, tribal communities continue to have the poorest health status among all the population subgroups in India.

Anamaya, the Tribal Health Collaborative was born out of the need to address the unique and complex challenges of the 104 million tribal people across 177 districts. Using collaborative approaches customised for specific communities, the Collaborative has already embarked on an intensive journey to engage with issues unique to tribal communities by bringing innovative solutions.

With a view to eliminating preventable deaths among tribal populations, Anamaya, the Tribal Health Collaborative is collaborating closely with indigenous people and governments, the two most critical stakeholders, to develop an empathetic and efficient public health system informed by community voice.

Multiple innovations are embedded - increased community participation through close collaboration with tribal healers, local youth, opinion leaders, NGOs, and civil society organisations It has been engaging with tribal healers to establish networks for knowledge exchange, understanding and documenting their best practices, while at the same time actively advocating for conducting additional research on traditional herbal medicines used by tribal people.

To learn more about Anamaya, the Tribal Health Collaborative