Tribal Health Initiative

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Their Work and Achievements

Tribal Health Initiatives provides comprehensive health care and community development leadership for the tribal community of Sittilingi valley in Tamil Nadu. Since its establishment in 1992, by young doctor couple Dr. Regi George and Dr. Lalitha Regi, the team has now grown to 45 highly trained staff and a small hospital. Based on Gandhian philosophy these couple has shown the modern world that the health profession is not all about generating wealth rather its for serving the needy in the society. A true communal eco-village project! Join us on one of our tours or donate directly to support this initiative.

Tribal Health Initiative works in a remote forested valley in Tamil Nadu, where 95% of the people are tribals. The Base Hospital now caters to the tribal population of this remote area with a drainage area of more than one lakh. There is now a full fledged 45 bedded secondary care hospital which sees more than 30,000 patients and does about 600 surgeries a year. Community Health: Tribal girls undergo training to get a Diploma. They work in the hospital and are active in the community. 37 barely literate tribal ladies coming from 33 villages act as Health Auxiliaries. They cater to about 18,000 tribals in the remote villages. A team from the hospital visits each of the 33 villages once a month. Due to this Infant mortality which was over 147/1000 has come down to 20/1000 . We have started and insurance scheme for Rs.100/- per year  for elderly tribals and a school health program to teach health practices in remote schools.. Tribal Farming Initiative has 300 farmers doing organic agriculture and the marketing of  produce. The Women farmer groups now value adds to the local produce to get a better profit. Tribal Craft Initiative consists of 50 Lambadi women who have started reviving their almost extinct embroidery skills. Their enterprise now makes products for the Indian and foreign market. India Cares does not have FCRA so cannot receive foreign funds. If you would like to donate foreign funds please use the THI webpage and donate through PayPal. Donate here

Related Projects


A centre for learning at the Sittilingi Valley run by Architect couple Anuradha and Krishna


Porgai Artisans Association is a society of Lambadi women Artisans, who hand process unique traditional embroidery designs.

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