As these people live outskirts of towns and villages, hence they do not have access to the pure drinking water which has been supplied through pipeline to the towns or villages. They have to fetch the water from open well, bore well if available. It gets contaminated during the rainy season. In the dry season, the scarcity of water is very acute in most places. Water borne disease like helminthiasis, amoebiasis, giardiasis and diarrhea diseases are rampant in the tribal population.
The tribal people have been traditionally permissive in sexual matters. In recent days, interaction with the non–tribal population may increase the sexually transmitted disease load among the tribal population. It is important to understand the situation immediately, particularly with reference to HIV and RTI.
This is a major factor influencing morbidity and mortality among these peoples. Because of the poverty, food is always scarce. They beg for the food and usually they do not get fresh food, sometimes it may prepared two-three days before. Not only is protein calorie malnutrition common, deficiency of micronutrients like iron, is also very common.
These people have such a foolish and outdated traditions and superstitions that causes savior health problems to them. They believe in the God as well as Babas who give them ash and ask them to mix it with water and drink, he also gives colorful string to tie on hand or leg. They believe that it will save them or keep them away from any disease. It is not easy to convince them to take medicine or see the doctor still we are taking efforts.
The physical health of the children is affected primarily because of poor nutrition and an absence of proper medical care. Regular health camps are being arranged with the help of the specialists. We believe that every child has the right to lead a life free from discrimination, inequality, exploitation and violence.