Government of UP team visits GRAVIS to understand rainwater harvesting techniques

India has long had a problem with unsafe water, and lack of water. Industrial and agricultural waste, corroded pipes and natural soil contamination cause harmfully high levels of fluoride, chloride, lead, arsenic and other chemicals. In Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh (UP), naturally occurring high concentrations of fluoride above the permissible limits (1.5 mg/l), as …

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International Labour Day – GRAVIS’ work on silicosis control continues

On the first of May, World Labor Day is observed globally. The date was chosen to remember the Haymarket affair in Chicago May 1886. It was the day when four people died during a general strike demanding an eight-hour workday. Even today, better working conditions and a safer environment are needed for many workers around …

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Biodiversity for a healthier environment

In the Thar Desert, agriculture is challenging due to water scarcity. Nature has decided the specific type of crops for the Thar region, which require less water and give production in less rainfall. Local and traditional farming includes that the local crops secure and improve the natural minerals of the soil. Because of that, the …

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Emergency relief for flood victims

More than 1500 people died this year because of the monsoon in South Asia. Millions in India, Nepal and Bangladesh were suffering or are still affected. The flooding, triggered by the massive rain, brought land and mudslides with it. Many homes and existences were destroyed. Remaining homeless people, which have lost everything. Another problem is …

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Back to the Thar: A former GRAVIS fellow returns six years later

As someone who thinks a lot about catastrophic change, I find it comforting when things remain the same. Last month, I returned to the GRAVIS headquarters in Jodhpur for the first time in six years, and the office felt refreshingly familiar. I arrived on a bicycle, following the same route that I used when I …

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The Health Outcomes Tool in India

Raising Older People's Voices in Health Systems Implementing the Health Outcomes Tool in India April 6, 2019 Prakash Tyagi, Executive Director of GRAVIS, a HelpAge network affiliate  World Health Day this year centers around Universal Health Coverage (UHC). But one key group that often gets left out of UHC discussions are the very people who …

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