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State Tamil Nadu
Capital Chennai
City Dindigul
Name of NPO Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare Trust
Area of Activity To conduct research studies in rural health


Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare Trust (GIRHFWT)


PO Ambathurai R S, Gandhigram PO, Dindigul Dist 624 302 Tamil Nadu


0451-452371, 452375




Dr V Kulandaiswamy, Registrar


Established in 1964 as an institute by the governments of India and Tamil Nadu and Ford Foundations' financial support. Recognised as a Mother NGO and collaborative agency for Reproductive Child Health (RGH) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.


To conduct research studies in rural health, RCH, family welfare activities and provide training for personnel engaged in these areas within and outside the state; to use a community approach to integrate programmes into a network to promote health in the country. 

Geographical reach

All India.


RCH and family welfare programmes are classified into research, training and services; advances health at state and national levels; functions through government programmes; Central Training Institute trains state- and regional-level health personnel; conducts national-level surveys; motivates health professionals to serve society's vulnerable sections. Benefits Government of India's programme planners; submits report findings in bulletins to central and state governments; improves maternal, child health and family welfare acceptance; promotes RCH and hygienic practices.
Training - adopts innovative training methods for in-service professionals; training programmes include RCH, AIDS prevention and control; promotes education and communication to further community service among trainees; extends training support to other states via peer education; conducts professional training programmes - a postgraduate diploma in health promotion and education, diploma in public health nursing, applied nutrition and dietetics. Central Training Institute caters to the southern Indian states. 
Selected as a collaborative agency of the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare for awareness generation, doctors' skill development and programme management. Assigned the role of a national NGO under Government of India's scheme to conduct NGO appraisals for granting awards to small NGOs to implement the following programmes -Mother NGO under RCH and Gender Issue Programme. Regional Health Teachers' Training provides practical experience in community health nursing to trainees of other nursing institutions, Lady Reading Health School, Delhi, being one; trains nursing tutors; runs peer education training programme to prevent and control AIDS.
Rural sanitary mart, sponsored by UNICEF, makes and sells sanitary-ware with local material and demonstrates how to make and use; offers technical assistance; advocates hygienic practices; trains women. Media unit conducts information, education and communication programmes; produces IEC material; library houses over 10,000 books and periodicals on public health. 


Bulletin on research, training, newsletter on current events, research monograph series and training manuals. Press unit takes care of stationery needs of the organisation.


Programmes are supported by Government of India, Ford Foundation, WHO and UNICEF.

Registered Date 5/14/2005