Dr. Prakash Tyagi is the Executive Director of GRAVIS and Founder-Director of GRAVIS Hospital in India. In his academics, he has studied Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and International Public Health. He has also been the recipient of a Fulbright-Humphrey Fellowship to study global health at UNC Chapel Hill, received a Ford Fellowship to study non-profit management at Columbia University in New York and has studied public policy through a Fleishman Fellowship at Tarry Sanford School of Duke University. He has supported various non-profits working on health and development aspects nationally and internationally. With his global health experience, he has contributed to various international forums and has written extensively on major global health issues and priorities.
As the Executive Director of GRAVIS in India, he has been leading the organization since last 14 years. GRAVIS works extensively in the Thar Desert of India with key focuses on ageing, water security, food security and community health. GRAVIS reaches out to about 1.3 million people living in poverty with its work and has helped formation of over 3,300 Community Based Organizations. In 2000, he founded a major, rural hospital in Western Rajasthan and currently directs its administration. This 70-bed rural facility is an important medical center in the area.
Dr. Tyagi is an active development practitioner and public health professional and has contributed significantly in the fields of geriatrics, maternal and child health, HIV, TB and occupational health through his writing, research and field work. In the field of evaluations, base-line surveys and report-writing, he has significant experience. He has written a number of articles on community health aspects, social development. He is a visiting faculty at Jodhpur School of Public Health in India, a visiting faculty at All India Institutes of Medical Science (AIIMS), India and a Clinical Professor at the School of Global Health and Medicine of University of Washington, US.
Areas of Expertise (7)
Disaster Risk Reduction
Older People's Health
Dr. S. N. Medical College: Post Graduate Diploma, Geriatric Medicine 2016
UNC Chapel Hill: Fulbright-Humphrey Fellowship 2006
Tashkent State Medical Institute: M.D., Medicine 1998
- Visiting Faculty to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
- Visiting Faculty to Jodhpur School of Public Health
- Clinical Professor in University of Washington
- Key Correspondent (KC) to the International HIV and AIDS Alliance
Media Appearances (3)
Making arid Rajasthan water sufficient, using age-old methods
Forbes India online
Earlier, farming was entirely dependent on the monsoon; but now the soil absorbs enough water for villagers to produce a kharif (winter) crop. “When the organisation first introduced khadins, we used to hear stuff like, ‘Yeh kitna chota hai, isse kya hoga [this is so small, what can it do]?’ But as people saw changes, they started adopting this technique. We have constructed about 5,000 khadins now,” says Prakash Tyagi, executive director, Gravis.
Boosting the Impact of Social Purpose Leaders
American Express online
To continue backing the communities we serve around the world, including the nonprofit leaders who are helping drive positive change, American Express today announced the recipient of the 2020 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Award: Prakash Tyagi, executive director of the India-based NGO, GRAVIS. The organization works to expand access to clean water, food, education and healthcare in rural communities in the Thar Desert.
Dusty mining conditions trap Indian workers with deadly lung disease
PBS News Hour online
The law of the mines is that, no work, no wage. So, the days when they can't turn to work, because of an illness or because of some other problem, they can't make any money.
Featured Articles (2)
Improving health through addressing nutrition and sanitation in the Thar Desert, IndiaThe Lancet
2018 The Thar Desert of India is a severely drought-prone and impoverished region. As a result of water scarcity, communities live in deep-rooted poverty, which has a major impact on health status. Lack of nutritious foods leads to malnutrition and the scarcity of water also poses sanitation challenges.
A research study on morbidity including silicotuberculosis among the mine workers of RajasthanJournal of Integrated Health Sciences
2013 Stone mines of Western Rajasthan are famous worldwide for its sandstone and white marble. In the drought-stricken state of Rajasthan (in particular in its Western part) mining provides essential support to livelihood generation to more than 2 million people. Mineworkers in these mines work in unsafe conditions, are underpaid, undernourished and suffer with various health problems like silicosis and tuberculosis. This inspired us to estimate the morbidity profile of the mine workers in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan.