Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis) - Health
Country of Operation
- Catholic Relief ServicesNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryGRAVIS has a variety of health initiatives that target the poor communities living in the Thar Desert of India. GRAVIS hospital services patients at little or no charge. Their mobile health camps enable outreach to rural communities to provide occupational lung disease and malaria treatment.
GRAVIS is an NGO that links rural communities with health services in the hopes to further the sustainability of community health services and mobilize the rural people of the Thar towards self-sufficiency.
Key program components
GRAVIS is an NGO that links rural communities with health services in the hopes to further the sustainability of community health services and mobilize the rural people of the Thar towards self-sufficiency. The GRAVIS hospital is equipped with a highly trained staff, including 8 medical doctors, and 15 other personnel covering the administrative, technical and ambulatory departments. The GRAVIS hospital has 50 beds, 6 examination rooms, a laboratory, a labor room, a fully equipped operation theater, a minor operation theater, as well as a sonography and X-ray unit. In addition, in 2003, GRAVIS established an adjoining hospital staff residential area with 6 apartments and a training hall used for training sessions for village health workers and eye workers. Medical services are provided by the hospital at a minimal price, and at times, at no cost to destitute, to allow all members of the local community access to healthcare. GRAVIS runs and manages 12 crèche units providing supplementary nutrition and health check ups for the children of poor working mothers. The crèche units take care of 360 children under the age of five in 10 villages of Osian Development Block of Jodhpur district. GRAVIS organized medical camps in the remotest regions to provide education and treatment for occupational lung diseases such as tuberculosis, and malaria.