Centre to promote nutrition, health in tribal schools


J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs recently presided over a MoU signing ceremony between the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Tribal Affairs for working in a cooperative partnership to improve the health and well-being of students in tribal schools.


The main objectives of this MoU are to provide age appropriate information about health and nutrition to the children in schools, to promote healthy behaviors among the children that they will inculcate for life, to detect and treat diseases early in children and adolescents including identification of malnourished and anemic children with appropriate referrals to primary healthcare and hospitals, to promote use of safe drinking water in schools, to promote safe menstrual hygiene practices by girls, to promote yoga and meditation through Health & Wellness Ambassadors and to encourage research on health, wellness and nutrition for children.


For achieving these objectives, Health Ministry will train two teachers designated as Health and Wellness Ambassadors in all the functional Eklavya Model Residential Schools, ashram schools and other school supported by Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) using the existing capacity building mechanisms of MoTA in the States.

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