Health and Preventive Care for Mineworkers, India



Unsafe work conditions in the mines lead to high numbers of accidents and lack of preventive care for silicosis and tuberculosis. Health and preventive care is critical to mineworkers' survival.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Health care has always been a neglected issue among mineworkers. Extreme climatic conditions, hard physical labor, the presence of occupational health hazards in the mines, and the lack of safety equipment lead to widespread health problems. Rural communities of the Thar Desert are plagued by dust-borne diseases, such as silicosis and tuberculosis; their isolated location and poverty deny them access to health care. Without treatment, the diseases often prove fatal.

How will this project solve this problem?

In the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, there are more than 70,000 marble and sandstone mineworkers. Funding will provide health and preventive care in the region. Patients will be provided with diagnosis and treatment, including low-cost medication.

Potential Long Term Impact

The health and preventive care for mineworkers will help provide mineworkers and their families better access to healthcare, prevent common illness, raise awareness on health issues and build a cadre of village health workers.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $102

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $102 .  The original project funding goal was $5,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 2 donors like you, a total of $102 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Balu Iyer

IDEX Asia Program Director
San Francisco, California United States

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