History of ARCH
Gujarat and Tribal People

Action Research in Community Health (ARCH) is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) working to provide primary health care and quality education to the tribal population in remote villages of Southern Gujarat, India.

ARCH currently provides primary health care services to approximately 25,000 patients mainly at Mangrol Davakhana and at Dharampur health center along with basic health education and preventive services such as vaccinations, prenatal care, well child care, etc.

At its Dharampur Center ARCH also conducts mobile health camps in inaccessible villages and tribal boarding schools for preventive and curative services and basic health education.

ARCH was instrumental in helping pass the best settlement and rehabilitation policy to date for the Narmada project affected people.

ARCH has published health education booklets in simple Guajarati for the last 15 years. More than 25 booklets are published. These booklets are well received all over Gujarat and are being translated in other languages.

Recently ARCH has started publishing a bimonthly magazine, KHOJ (Pursuit) for more than one year with the aim of bringing larger societal issues to the forefront. Issues such as economic development, water management, communal relations, impact of globalization, economic liberalization, role of free markets, democracy & liberty, etc are being discussed in this magazine.

ARCH is formally registered as a public trust and society under Bombay Public Trust Act & Societies Registration Act. Donations to it are exempt from income tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. It is also entitled to receive funds under section 6(15)a of FCRA.

CONTACT ARCH: arch.dharampur@gmail.com