Garhwal Community Development and Welfare Society


We seek to improve the health status of rural and indigenous populations through research, training and service delivery programmes.

— Dr. Rajesh Singh, Director

Past Training Programs

Training of private practitioners of Indigenous Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM and HPs) in Family Planning and Reproductive Health

(Supported by State Innovations in Family Planning Services Agency-SIFPSA, UP, through USAID funding, 1998-2001)

210 ISM & HPs in the district were trained as family planning counselors and as providers of socially marketed condoms and oral pills. GCDWS has maintained good contact with many of these private practitioners and taught them to identify and refer patients with reproductive tract and sexually transmitted infections.

Ongoing Training Programs

Training of village based grassroot level workers

(Supported by Uttarakhand government)

Under various other state funded programmes, GCDWS has trained 500 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), 250 functionaries of local self governance bodies (Panchayati Raj Institutions), and 100 water and sanitation committees. GCDWS has been appointed as a District Resource Centre for training village based health workers called ASHAs (Accredited Rural Health Activists) whose main function is to promote maternal and child health and facilitate institutional deliveries among village women.

District resource centre for ASHAs – Accredited Social Health Activists


(Under the National Rural Health Mission.)

GCDWS is responsible for the selection, training, and on-the-job supervision cum mentoring of 1030 ASHAs in the district. GCDWS is also exploring ICT platforms to link all the grass roots workers in the district (the ASHAs, Auxilliary Nurse Midwives, and Aanganwadi Workers) with the District Health Society by creating a seamless management information system.

Training Facilities


GCDWS has its own well equipped training hall with a seating capacity of 25 persons along a round table. The training hall has a beautiful uninterrupted view of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

We can provide boarding and lodging for up to 20 persons adjacent to the training hall.

Training equipment available includes a white board, OHP, LCD projector, Computer, and
Generator, (5KV as well as a portable Honda generator).