ealthy populations are essential for the advancement of human development, well-being and to accelerate growth. Being healthy and having access to quality & effective health care services is significantly important for all populations, irrespective of gender, age, socio-cultural-economic status or where one lives.
The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, greatly impact health of the communities. This entails maximum exposures to factors like building/improving health, building resilience thus reduces vulnerability to health risks, and protecting people from the consequences of illness thus enabling to prevent burden of expenditures when ill. On the other side, productivity gets negatively impacted when time is spent treating disease.
Chronic under nutrition are associated with lower school attendance, reduced economic productivity, and an intergenerational effect through lower birth weight. Damage suffered in early life may lead to impairments and affect future generations. Hence, health is crucial to individual, family, community and country. Access to balanced diet inclusive of natural and nutritious foods becomes a basic component of health.
Tribal communities have been practicing rainfed farming, growing crops that posses high nutritive values requiring little amount of moisture. But this got affected with a drastic fall in demand for these crops. Rainfed agriculture in the tribal belt of the state is very much vulnerable to the impacts of natural calamities.
Furthermore, scheduled tribes have very poor sanitation and health care practices – defecating outdoors and use of witch doctors is still common. Such poor practices lead to diseases (communicable & non- communicable).
The basis for a good health is consumption of balanced and nutritive food, intake of clean water and air. The basic condition for hygiene and clean environment is good practices by the community.
Global AID focuses on long term programs focused on nurturing remote tribal and rural communities in enhancing the skills in rainfed farming and creating preventive health care and support systems through health and hygiene education.