Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti

Building towards a universal commitment to public health across all demographic barriers

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti / Center of People’s Science for Rural Development (GRAVIS)
India | Founded in 1983 | Thousand Currents Partner since 1999
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GRAVIS organizes cross-castes, representing over 1.2 million people and  serves 500 remote, tribal communities throughout Rajasthan, a an area which receives the least amount of rainfall in all of India.. 

GRAVIS has maintained a balance of organizing for livelihood, health, gender rights and social progress through scores of programs led by the communities that they serve. GRAVIS’ programs include education, health, women’s empowerment and income generation, microcredit, water resource development, agriculture, forestry, land management, and labor rights.

Founding hospitals, clinics, and research – GRAVIS has also led public health efforts to support minors and particularly those who are vulnerable to silicosis, a disease common to those who are involved in mining for minerals.

Using self-help groups as the basis of this large network, GRAVIS has always stood for change – even in the face of local and regional opposition. 

Learn more about GRAVIS’ work on our blog.