Launch of National Health Screening and Management Project for Tribal Students


A National Level Project of Health Screening and Management through Ayurvedic Interventions to benefit over 20,000 Tribal Students to be launched.


GS-02 (Health)


  • Despite efforts over the years, tribal health remains a concern in India. With a population of 10.43 crore, constituting 8.6% of the total population, the tribal communities face numerous challenges in accessing healthcare services, especially in rural areas.
  • The Ekalavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) scheme, introduced in 1997-98 by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, aims to address this by providing quality education to tribal students in remote areas.

Main highlights:

  • A new national project is set to benefit over 20,000 tribal students by focusing on health screening and management through Ayurvedic interventions.
  • Targeting students from classes 6th to 12th, the project will be implemented in 55 Ekalavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) across 14 states.
  • The primary focus areas include anaemia, haemoglobinopathies, malnutrition, and tuberculosis.
  • The initiative aims to promote healthy lifestyle practices based on Ayurvedic principles and adopt an integrated approach to disease management.
  • This initiative is led by the Ministry of Ayush in partnership with its research council CCRAS, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, and the ICMR-National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH) in Jabalpur.