GRAVIS joins Trees Outside Forests in India: An Initiative to Protect Environment

‘Trees outside forests’ also known as TOF is a concept of increasing the tree coverage outside the reserved forest areas. The trees outside the forest areas are proved to effective for improving the livelihood of the people and sustaining the biodiversity. In rural context, it not only provides food and feed to the farmers but …

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World AIDS Day 2021 – focus on addressing inequalities

After over 40 years of detecting the first AIDS case, HIV continues to be a significant public health challenge around the world. While substantial progress has been made on preventing the infection in many parts of the world, the rate of new cases is still a matter of concern. New demographic vulnerabilities such as adolescent …

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Dr. Subba Rao and his extra-ordinary life beyond victories and defeats: Tribute  

On October 27th, 2021, Dr. S. N. Subba Rao left this world after enriching humanity over a period of over 92 years of his remarkable life. He was undergoing treatment in Jaipur after a brief illness. A Gandhian thinker, a freedom fighter and a social reformer – Subba Rao Ji had many distinctions that made …

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World Mental Health Day 2021: Tackling mental health inequity for wellbeing and progress

On 10th October of every year, World Mental Health Day is observed, an international day to foster global mental health education, awareness and policy advocacy. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Federation for Mental Health is- Mental Health in an Unequal World. In an increasingly unequal world with rising income disparities, this year’s …

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Digital equity for all ages, a crucial need for health and well being

The theme for International Day for Older Persons (IDOP), October 1, 2021 is digital equity for all ages. Demographic transition is rapid and evident. All over the world, the population proportion of older people is rising. Between now and 2050, the global numbers of people above 60 years of age will rise from about 900 …

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A rare blend of science and humanity – Dr. R. P. Dhir

Dr. R. P. Dhir, the Chairperson of GRAVIS” Governing Board, is no more. Many called him the “Encyclopedia of the Desert” and “a scientist of soil”. A renowned scientist, a learned researcher, a prolific writer and a dedicated social activist – Dr. R. P. Dhir had earned a great reputation and deep respect due to …

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COVID – 19 relief by GRAVIS: reaching the last mile

India faced a severe second wave of the corona virus pandemic, which has seen an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths. India has reported over 30 million COVID cases till date and over 400,000 deaths since the pandemic broke out a year ago. The second wave has led to a spike in new cases, …

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021: GRAVIS’ interventions to combat abuse

Large numbers of older people have to live with violence, abuse, discrimination and stigma within their homes, families and communities. Most of this abuse against older people is unreported and does not get addressed. Abuse may be more severe against vulnerable older people who are disabled or frail, are older women and are illiterate.  With …

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GRAVIS’ community led efforts on “ecosystem restoration”: World Environment Day, 2021

Amid the complexities the pandemic has presented for communities, it is important to recognize the importance of environmental conservation work that is extremely important for sustainable development and community empowerment. The need of improved air quality is also being felt as lung diseases continue to rise in numbers. On this World Environment of June 5th, …

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