Health  India Project #1225

Health and Preventive Care for Mineworkers, India

by Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)


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.

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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



Organization Information

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)

Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​​
Balu Iyer
Project Leader:
Balu Iyer
IDEX Asia Program Director
San Francisco, California United States

Funded Project!

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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