Health of indigenous people: Use of health services by indigenous population can be improved

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.988 (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:988
  1. N Devadasan, PhD student (deva@devadasan.com),
  2. Shyla Menon, medical superintendent,
  3. Nandakumar Menon, medical officer,
  4. Roopa Devadasan, teacher
  1. Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp B-2000, Belgium
  2. Gudalur Adivasi Hospital, Action for Community Organisation, Rehabilitation and Development, Gudalur, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India 643212
  3. Valley School, Thatguni Post, Bangalore, India 560062

    EDITOR–We note that the aboriginal groups living in India were not included in Durie's editorial on providing health services to indigenous peoples.1 We share here an experiment with a group of “primitive tribes” (as classified by the government of India) in improving their health status.

    In 1987, when a non-governmental organisation, ACCORD (Action for Community Organisation, Rehabilitation and Development), initiated its health programme, …

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