Tribal health in India: report of the expert committee on tribal health (Dr Abhay Bang Committee)

An Expert Committee on Tribal Health was constituted jointly by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Government of India in the year 2013 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Abhay Bang to primarily look into the present status of health and health care in tribal areas and ascertain the reasons for the gaps in both health status and health care in tribal areas, and also to draw out a road map for the future to bridge the gap rapidly. The Expert Committee has presented its report to the Government of India . The report has been prepared on the basis of extensive studies made after extensive data collected on various aspects of tribal health over the four-year period. By way of affirmative action, the M/o Health and Family Welfare, in collaboration with Ministry of Tribal Affairs propose to extend health screening services through its School Health Programme component under Ayushman Bharat through Rashtriya Bal Swasthaya Karyakram (RBSK) for betterment of health of the Scheduled Tribes including the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).