The awakening from devastation to development. (A case study of the Diviseema Social Service Society (DSSS) in the metamorphosis of the socio-economic conditions in the Diviseema, Andhra Pradesh devastated by the cyclonic tidal wave of November 1977)

Gt Concern. 1982 Oct;9(4):1-40.


PIP: This article discusses the objectives and achievements of the Diviseema Social Service Society (DSSS). Diviseema is an Island which was devastated by cyclones and tidal waves on November 19, 1977. An estimated 10,000 people died and about 1,000,000 head of cattle were destroyed. The survivors have recouped, due largely to voluntary organizations and governmental efforts. For long term development program, the Diviseema Social Service Society was formed. It is an autonomous nonprofit organization aimed at the socioeconomic development of the people. Their programs may encompass a wide range of activities in a given sector, such as the agricultural development program. Each sectoral program may have 1 or more subprograms, like crop loans, or agroservices. The bulk of DSSS activities are geared towards programs in agricultural development. The DSSS helps in securing funds and loans for the Island by playing the role of facilitator and liaison agency between the bank and the farmers. The DSSS developmental activities have an underlying communality of vision, which is why they have been successful. Community health services are also an integral component of socio-economic development, with the goal of improving the nutritional standard of villagers to combat malnutrition and anemia. Mother and child health is also a large part, emphasizing food supplements and check-ups. Education for children and adults is another component of the DSSS plan. The program has met with a great deal of success, due largely to the receptive environment in which it operates.

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture*
  • Asia
  • Community Health Services*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Developing Countries*
  • Economics*
  • Education
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic*
  • Financial Management
  • Food Supply
  • Health
  • Health Facilities, Proprietary*
  • Health Planning*
  • Health Services
  • India
  • Maternal Health Services
  • Maternal-Child Health Centers
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Organization and Administration
  • Primary Health Care
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Research*
  • Social Change*
  • Social Planning
  • Statistics as Topic