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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 regard.

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KEY POINTS:

  • 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.

Important Takeaways for All Competitive Exams:

  • Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare: Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar
  • Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment: Shri Virendra Kumar
  • Mo School’ Abhiyan chairman: Smt. Sushmita Bagchi

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