A special way of encouraging women

After joining the GRAVIS team for eight weeks I wanted to dedicate my last BLOG Post to the physician Dr. Vasundhera Tyagi I met during my first visit to the GRAVIS hospital. Besides her activities as a doctor, like supervising pregnancies and treating different diseases, Dr. Vasundhera can also provide a great mental support for …

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Shashi Tyagi honoured with the Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of Constructive Work

Since 1977 the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation gives awards named after Jamnalal Bajaj annually. This year, the “Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Constructive Work” was given to Shashi Tyagi, the founder of GRAVIS. Jamnalal Bajaj was a freedom fighter, social reformer, humanitarian and a devoted follower of Mahatma Ghandi. He was born in …

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The first journey of GRAVIS’ mobile medical van

Since the threat of malnutrition, constant dehydration and communicable, as well as non-communicable diseases is very high in the Thar Desert, healthcare is one of GRAVIS’ main concerns. The first healthcare programme was invented in the late 1980's and since then GRAVIS steadily expanded its area of impact. Last week GRAVIS started a new programme …

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Recollection of GRAVIS’ food security efforts in Thar on World Food Day

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 795 million people of the 7,3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. 190,7 million of them – 14,5% of the population – live in India, which makes India home for the largest undernourished population …

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GRAVIS’ sustainable approach of helping people to help themselves

“Help for self-help”, is a statement related to developmental work, I heard quite often back home in Germany. In my opinion it is of great importance to involve everyone in the process of planning for a sustainable developmental work. And how can I in Germany know what people somewhere very far away, living in a …

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GRAVIS’ efforts on mental health – World Mental Health Day, 2017

Meeting with an elderly GRAVIS colleague was today’s highlight for me. Fragile yet pleasant, impacted by a mental health disorder yet determined, confined with limited mobility yet hopeful, the senior person and the meeting with him educated me further on ageing and the all important mental health dimension – an inevitable path for many.  A …

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