Date of Award

Winter 12-2008

Degree Type



School of Public Health


Indigenous populations often suffer a disproportionate burden of illness and barriers in achieving health and wellness. In the Indian state of Kerala this population constitutes 1% of the population and little is known about their culture, health beliefs, behaviors, and profile. This lack of information makes the work of NGOs seeking to provide health-related services difficult. Yearoutindia, a volunteer-based NGO, requested a health needs assessment on the Mannan indigenous population in the small rural village of Kozhimala. Using Rapid Assessment Process (RAP) methodology, the researcher conducted the assessment during the summer of 2008. RAP allowed for the collection of deep qualitative information. Data informed the development of health checkup, promotion, and community mobilization activities.