SEVAK - HealthCare Project in Rural India

It is projected that India will have 79.4 million individuals with type 2 diabetes in 2030, and rural Indians – 70% of the population are at higher risk.   There is currently no organized delivery of health care in rural India - preventive health care is unavailable in the villages. Clean drinking water is not available to all, sanitation is not adequate and Immunization, though available, do not cover all those who need it. The mission of the SEVAK project is to improve access to care in rural areas of India and the works using local resources.

Sanitation and Health, Education in Village communities through improved Awareness and Knowledge of Prevention and Management of Diseases and Health Promotion”

With the support from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Dr. Thakor Patel conducted a study in rural villages of India to determine the impact living conditions had on the villagers’ health.  The study found

  • 8 % of the population over the age of 35 suffered from diabetes or were pre-diabetic
  • 10.5% suffered from hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Less than 50% of the households visited had in-house toilets
  • Access to clean drinking water was limited

Realizing that the impact on these villagers lives, should they be unable to control their hypertension/diabetes and developed deeper medical issues, Dr. Patel set out to find a long-term solution.  Leveraging his 23 year career with the US Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Patel launched Project SEVAK in 2010.   This project, modeled after the Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) medic program for the US Navy, recruits, trains, and manages a network of local health care workers in remote villages in India – SEVAKS (click here to learn more about the training program).  The SEVAKS screen villager for diabetes, obesity, hypertension and other health issues facing rural villagers in India.  In additional to providing medical screening and education the SEVAKS also educates the villagers on the importance of proper sanitation, clean drinking water, toilets, and lifestyle modification.

Project SEVAK has successfully trained and places SEVAKS in 26 villages in rural India and their goal for 2014/2015 is to double the number of villages and to provide additional services to the villagers, namely

  • Advanced training to current Sevak volunteers to act as certified medical technicians to dispense drugs in statewide pilot
  • To integrate the health care with other health- related projects like Sanitation, clean drinking water etc.
  • To connect villages to cities through  telemedicine and tele- health support by medical experts in large cities and uplift the standards of rural health care to that available in urban centers.

Criteria for a Sevak

The person should meet the following criteria. He/she must live in the village; has a graduate degree if possible but high school level maybe fine. They can continue to work in the farms but must have the willingness to work in their own community. They will be given training in Baroda for three months (lodging & boarding provided). They should be able to read English, need not be proficient.

Active Projects

Villages 26  (click here for full Project Cost details)
Household Impact 60,000
SEVAKS Trained 26
Project Cost $71,500 USD total
Project Funding Initial Project through individual donation and support from AAPI 
Ongoing Maintenance supported by Individual/Corporate donations
Donations Required USD $ 71,500/Annually
Method of Sustainability   Individual and Corporate Donations

Planned Projects

Villages 25
Household Impact 60,000
SEVAKS Trained 25
Project Cost $10,000 One Time Set-Up Costs, $71,500 USD Annual Recurring Costs
(click here for full Project Cost details)
Project Funding Seeking Donations
Donations Required
USD $ 81,500/1st Year
USD $ 71,500/Year 2 Onward
Method of Sustainability   Individual and Corporate Donations


Current Project Details on SEVAK - Our Non-Profit Partner


SEVAK Project Report

- July 6th, 2021

We from the Sevak Project enjoy working with Wheels Global Foundation. Thank you for your cooperation under the Aravalli-Smart Village project. After the Smart Village Project was initiated, we started the sevak selection process.

  1. Sevak 1- Dhandasan and Bornala
  2. Sevak 2-Ode and Dhuleta (Palla)
  3. Sevak 3- Shamalpur and Bhavanpur
  4. Sevak 4-Dev ni Mori, Vaghpur and Himmatpur

Sevaks training is conducted at Vadodara training center for five days where they are trained in Anatomy, Physiology, Clinical Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes, Anemia, and Tuberculosis. They are also trained in data management and reporting.

Sevaks training is conducted at Vadodara training center for five days where they are trained in Anatomy, Physiology, Clinical Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes, Anemia, and Tuberculosis. They are also trained in data management and reporting.

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Major Activities Undertaken

Sevaks survey the villages as per the table below:

Sr. No. Name of SEVAK Village Name Population Survey Blood Pressure Diabetes COVID-19(Total) COVID-19(BP/Diabetes)
1 Taral Mayur Bhavanpur 1400 325 7 6 0 0
2 Parghi Vivekanand Devnimori 1500 325 11 7 0 0
3 Gadsa Dipika Dhandasan 3500 365 3 5 0 0
4 Ninama Mittal Dhuleta 1500 355 18 13 0 1
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Major Challenges

Due to Covid-19 Villagers do not support the Sevak to check B.P or Diabetes. Villagers are afraid to let the Sevak enter their house for general inquires. Sevak being the ‘local person’ of their own village cannot convince them. But Sevaks reached their goal with their confidence and knowledge.

Major Achievements

In this corona pandemic, Sevaks have helped the villagers in every possible way. After Meeting with Sarpanch they held TMO health camp for the Villagers. Provide food packets to needy people.

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Lessons Learnt

Continue to work hard to convince the people that the Sevak has their best interest at heart. Educate the Sarpanch and other members of the Panchayat. Get at least one person as your advocate.

Plan for next months

Continue to screen the population and work with the Sarpanch about clean drinking water, sanitation, how to keep the village clean, street lights. Ask the people of the village in a committee or like a town hall meeting what are their desires to make the village smart. Consider education to all women and men about the use of cell phones, how to leverage technology for farming. Arrange more TMO health checkup camps in Villages

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Meeting with Sarpanch of Devnimori

“Smart Village is a concept adopted by national, state, and local governments of India, as an initiative focused on holistic rural development, derived from Mahatma Gandhi's vision of Adarsh Gram (Ideal Village) and Swaraj (Self Reliance).”

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Team - Project SEVAK

Thakor G. Patel
Chairman, Sevak Project
Viren K. Patel
General Manager
Sevak Project
Prakashbhai Goswami
Chief Coordinator
Sevak Project
Arpita Dalvi
Sevak Project


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