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MoU signed for establishing a Tribal Health Observatory in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The ST & SC Development Department and Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), ICMR signed an MoU on Wednesday for establishing a Tribal Health Observatory (TriHOb) ensuring equity in tribal health in Odisha.

Principal Secretary, ST & SC Dev. Dept Ranjana Chopra and Director RMRC, ICMR Dr. Sanghamita Pati signed the MoU in presence of Chairperson, Mo School Abhiyan, Sushmita Bagchi.

TriHOb will establish a repository on the health of the tribal population of Odisha. It is designed to be an effective and evidence-based, policy oriented and virtually established centre, performing systematic and ongoing observation on disease burden, health seeking behaviour and healthcare delivery system about tribal health in Odisha.

Bagchi also launched the ‘Odisha Tribal Family Health Survey’ which would be the first of its kind and a comprehensive survey among tribal communities in India, where high quality demographic and health data will be made available for informed policymaking.

The study will lay the foundation for further longitudinal cohort studies and the implementation of policy oriented research. This study would provide an idea about the reach of the health programmes and policy interventions and suggest course correction wherever required.

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