Start date
25 Sep , 13
Project Information
National Seminar on Tribal Health


The seminar, first of its kind in India, held in Science City, Kolkata on 25th and 26th September 2013 which was participated 412 delegates from across the 12 states of India. The programme was supported by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and USAID.

The seminar gave an unique opportunity to look into the state of health and rights of the tribal people in India on one hand and on the other, tribal people’s voice choice and Identity in framing the inclusive development policies leading to a way forward to make the desired changes in the development paradigm. Both the topics were discussed in detail by involving all the stakeholders like tribal people, academicians, researchers, activists, NGOs, medical practitioners and media and like. The outcome of the seminar emphasized the importance of tribal health care promotion as well as tribal identity formation for framing the constructive polices which would make the tribal people to understand integration process and the state would participate in inclusive development process of the tribes. The following themes were covered in details:

Seminar Sub Themes:

1.    Tribal Health Care and Rights- A Reality Check

a.    Health Care Seeking Behaviour among Tribals
b.    Health Problems vis-à-vis Existing Health Care 
c.    Health and Rights of Tribal People

2.    Tribal People’s Voice, Choice and Identity
a.    Government Policies and Tribal Identity 
b.     Tribal Movement and State
c.    Alternative Media and Tribal Voices

3.    Looking Forward- A need for Paradigm Shift
a.    Culture Sensitive Tribal Health Care
b.    Forest, Environment and Tribal Health
c.    Tribal Voices and Tribal Health 

Seminar Attended by:

1.    Prof. (Dr.) VirginiousXaxa, Dy. Director, TISS-Gauhati, & Member-National Advisoty Council, Government of India
2.    Speech by Dr. Sila Deb, Dy. Commissioner (Child Health), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
3.    Speech by Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, Team Leader- Technical Resource Devision, Health Office,  USAID, New Delhi
4.    Speech by Prof. (Dr.) Samita Manna, Vice Chancellor, SKB University, WB
5.    Speech by Prof. (Dr.) S. Nagarathinam, Head- Dept.ofCommunication, Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu
6.    Dr. TaposhChakma,  Sr. Dy. Director, RMRCT (ICMR), Jabbalpur, Madhya Pradesh
7.    Dr. (Mrs.)Bidyawati Das, Additional DHS,Department of H&FW, Government of Assam
8.    Mr. Adait Kumar Pradhan, State Programme Manager-NRHM, Odisha
9.    Dr. ArvindPratap Kumar, Resident Deputy Director, Adivasi Academy, Bhasha, Gujarat
10.    Dr. Saibal Jana, Shaheed Hospital, DalliRajhara, Balod, Chhattisgarh
11.    Dr. Punyabrata Gun, ShramajibiSwasthyaUdyog, Chengail,Howrah,West Bengal
12.    Mr. Brian Lobo, KashtakariSanghatana, Thane, Maharastra
13.    Mr. SubratMohanty, Project Coordinator- Project Axshya, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), New Delhi
14.    Mr. SatyaSivaraman, Journalist and Human Rights and Public Health Activist, New Delhi
15.    Prof. (Dr.) Felix Padel, IIHMR, Jaypur, Rajasthan
16.    Ms. DayamoniBarla, Tribal Activist, Jharkhand
17.    Dr. DurgaprasadHansda, Medical Officer, MANT
18.    Dr. Pashupati Prasad Mahato, Retd. Eminent Anthropologist of Anthropological Survey of India
19.    Ms. Jaya Mitra, Eminent Writer and Activist
20.    Dr.SohelFirdos, Associate Professor, Sikkim University
21.    Prof. (Dr.) Mohan Rao, JNU, New Delhi

The set of recommendation as surfaced during the two days deliberations were sent to the all concerned.