RURAL INDIA SELF DEVELOPMENT TRUST (RISDT)is a non-profit public health and development organization serving the most marginalized communities of East Godavari district, in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP). RISDT now works in the area of Leprosy, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Family Health, Secondary School Education and Rural Development.  The Trust also works in four other districts of the state – Srikakulam, West Godavari, Warangal and Karimnagar.

A young Swiss national traveling in AP recognized the physical and social suffering of Persons affected by Leprosy (PAL) and started a small intervention called the People’s Clinic with the aim to provide medical care at their door step and also restore their dignity. Impressed by the success of the Clinic and the need to take the services to scale, Bruno Jehle along with his Indian friends founded RISDT in the year, 1983.

Ever since, RISDT has provided care and treatment to over 30,000 PAL, and expanded work to address other public health issues like Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS along with a general health hospital.  


RISDT envisions a society in which the most marginalized communities have access to their entitlements and opportunities to realize their full potential.


To promote sustainable solutions that address public health and human development needs of the marginalized communities. Read More >>

Our Partners

Successful Implementation of POID program in partnership with Government of Andhra Pradesh, supported by FAIRMED, the first of its kind in India.Read more>>

The Kalpavruksha supports two multi-layered projects in India with RISDT. These projects provide medical care, education and jobs for the disadvantaged rural population. Read More>>

"For nearly 30 years, the RISDT has been delivering on a promise to improve lives and create opportunity"

News from RISDT

April 2013:

SADAREM Camp for Physically challenged

RISDT is supporting the initiative by mobilizing 1,500 PAL with deformities in the district who will benefit through a monthly pension of Rs. 500.
Around 1,450 PAL have been registered through the SADAREM Camp.

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