ROING, 17 Mar: A progra-mme aimed at promoting health among tribal youths and students was launched here in Lower Dibang Valley (LDV) district on Friday.
The Anamaya tribal health collaborative – a multi-stakeholder initiative supported by Piramal Foundation and implemented with support from community members and health experts – aims to address the unique health challenges faced by tribal communities in the region.
The programme will focus on providing awareness and training on various aspects of health, including adolescent health, nutrition, mental health, and substance abuse.
Through a series of interactions and training sessions, young people and students will be equipped with knowledge and skills needed to lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of their physical and mental wellbeing.
Roing ZPM Komji Linggi said that the tribal communities in LDV are facing numerous health challenges.
“By focusing on the youths and students, we hope to create a sustainable culture of prioritising health and wellness that benefits the entire community,” Linggi said.
“The programme will also leverage the power of the youths and the students to reach the wider community and develop their understanding of health issues,” he added.
Piramal Foundation’s divisional programme manager Deidensa Basumatary said that “it is believed that, by utilising the power of young minds, the community can ensure that young people and students in even the most remote corners of the district have access to knowledge and resources they need to lead healthy lives.”
He said also that the programme has received good support from the community, with local leaders expressing their enthusiasm for the initiative.
“The programme is a much-needed step towards promoting the health and wellbeing of our tribal communities,” LDV district hospital’s ICTC and STI counsellor Pinda Pulu said.
Pulu expressed hoped that the programme would “make a meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of the youths and students and the entire tribal community as a whole.”
Piramal Foundation’s vision is to transform health, education, water, and social sector ecosystems through partnerships, high-impact solutions, and thought leadership.
Aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, it partners with the central government and state governments, international and national organisations, and academia to help improve delivery of government services. (DIPRO)