Health Status and Use of Contraception among Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh, India
P. Durga Rao

P. Durga Rao, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences & Languages, Lovely Professional University Phagwara (Punjab), India.
Manuscript received on 04 May 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 16 May 2019 | Manuscript Published on 23 May 2019 | PP: 476-479 | Volume-7 Issue-6S5 April 2019 | Retrieval Number: F10820476S519/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: Health is a requirement for human development and is an essential component for the well-being of the mankind. The health problems of any community are influenced by social, economic and political factors. The beliefs, customs, practices related to health and disease in turn influence the health seeking behaviour of the community. It is noticed that the health status of the tribal population is very poor among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups because of their isolation, remoteness and being mainly not be part of developmental processes going on in the country. Poverty and scanty food resources have served as the motivating factors for acceptance of family planning methods among PVTGs. The traditional tribal medicine along with the treatment by a tribal medicine man involving their traditional chanting and appeasing spirits has not vanished yet. This paper is an attempt to assess the distribution of diseases and their treatment seeking behavior, and utilization of contraceptives among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Keywords: Environment, Poverty, Disease, Treatment, Herbal Medicine, Sterilization.
Scope of the Article: Healthcare Informatics