Garhwal Community Development and Welfare Society
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryGarhwal Community Development and Welfare Society (GCDWS) is a national NGO that seeks to improve the health status of rural and indigenous populations through research, training and service delivery programs.
GCDWS is set on distinguishing itself as a pioneer in redefining health care delivery and will be recognized by the passion of its people and its partners in providing quality, innovative care to the people it serves in each community where it works. To accomplish our vision, we will strive to establish and implement different program in the field of preventive, promotional, and clinical health services, education, skill development and research, aiming at all round development of rural, poor and underserved communities, irrespective of caste, creed and sex.
Key program components
The organization was founded by Dr. Rajesh Singh and Dr. Rajkumari as a 5 bed hospital in 1991 in Tehri Grhwal area of Uttarakhand state. By 1993, the Christian hospital, Chamba, had 25 beds and became the only secondary care hospital with a radius of 200 kms. The hospital is inspired by the Christian Medical College, the former workplace of the founder and is known as the ‘Masihi Aspatal’ by the locals. The outpatient department handles 40 patients daily and about 800 admissions annually. It also has facilities for emergency care and surgical interventions. Apart from the hospital, the organization has also run a "Sachal Chikitsa Vahan" or mobile health van since 2009. Funded through National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the van is a van equipped with laboratory facilities, an X-ray machine, a doctor, a nurse, a lab technician, and a X-ray technician. The mobile clinic supplements existing primary health care services for communities living in far-flung, difficult areas. The organization also started a model community HIV initiative in 2008-09, supported by EFICOR. They worked with the community to map HIV prevalence, develop good models of care, and mitigate the social damage caused by the disease. The HIV counseling centre is situated in the hospital premises. Along with service delivery, the organization is also involved in training and research activities. It is a recognized centre for training, selecting and supervising 1030 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) in the district.