Who we are
Promoting the health and well-being of indigenous tribal populations across the globe through the provision of healthcare, education and financial assistance.
The plight of tribal populations is well documented, with ever increasing resource pressures placing increasing stress upon the lives of individuals who are fighting to retain their ancestral lands, customs and traditions. Within these societies, there are an ever increasing range of illnesses and diseases that the population do not understand and cannot treat. Tribal Survival therefore strives to improve the health and wellbeing of tribal populations across the globe, through the provision of healthcare, education and financial assistance to promote the longevity of these tribal societies.
There are more than 150 million tribal people worldwide including at least 70 ‘uncontacted’ peoples in 60 countries, according to Survival International. Tribal Survival supports these endangered tribes on a global level. With campaigns likely to be targeted in Indonesia, South America, Africa and Asia.
A vast number of tribal people are resistant to the ever encroaching globalised world. Tribal Survival supports their right to self-determination and the preservation of their cultural heritage. However, an inherent limitation in the relative isolation they crave can be the reduction in the speed in which these societies can adapt to the veer evolving threat of illness and disease. As a result, millions of tribal people spend a significant amount of their lives in pain or suffering oand often life expectancy is considerable lower than that in the developed world. The plight of these people is seldom documented or acknowledged. Tribal Survival believes that modern scientific developments in medicine can ameliorate the lives of marginalised tribal people, without imposing cultural values on these societies.
For example, missionaries may offer medicine and education but if the indigenous peoples abandon their cultural beliefs and their ways of life. It is not unusual for missionaries to insist on attendance at church each Sunday and on wearing western clothing. The price of medicine is often the breakdown of indigenous culture, traditions and beliefs. Tribal Survival seeks to encourage the retention and celebration of indigenous traditions and offer healthcare and medicine unconditionally.
Tribal Survival will improve the health and wellbeing of tribal people by providing the following:
- Medical Supplies: to enable the direct prevention and treatment of illness;
- Financial assistance: to establish long-term sustainability within the population to reduce the potential likelihood and impact disease;
- Education: to promote healthy lifestyles through improving understanding and treatment of illness and disease in tribal societies;
- Traditions: to ensure that indigenous traditions, language and culture are preserved and encouraged.