Dr. Lata Desai
Born(1941-08-08)8 August 1941
OccupationMedical doctor
Known forDr. Lataben Anilbhai Desai
SpouseDr. Anil Desai
AwardsPadma Shri award in 2022

Lata Desai (also known as Dr. Lataben Anilbhai Desai) (born 8 August 1941) is a medical doctor from the Indian State of Gujarat who is 1980 along with her husband Dr. Anil Desai and a few friends founded the Society for Education Welfare and Action - Rural (SEWA Rural), a voluntary organization devoted to health and development activities in the tribal area of South Gujarat.[1]

Education and career

After completing basic medical education at B J Medical College, Gandhinagar, Gujarat in the early '60s and getting married 1n 1968, Lata Desai and her husband moved to the US in 1972 for higher studies. In the US, Lata Desai specialized in pediatrics and Anil Desai in surgery. After completing their studies they started their careers in the US. However, after a few years, inspired by the lives and works of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, they along with a few friends returned to India and established the non-profit SEWA Rural in Jhagadia, Bharuch district, Gujarat.[2]

The services rendered by SEWA Rural include:[3]

Recognition: Padma Shri

Additional reading

See also


  1. ^ "Gujarat: Padma Shri Dr. Lata Desai felicitated by IIPH-Gandhi". Times of India. TNN. 25 February 2022. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  2. ^ Moneylife Digital Team. "Tribals Benefit from Scientific Approach and Spiritual Outlook". Moneylife. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  3. ^ "What we do". SEWA Rural. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards 2022" (PDF). Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-01-25. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2022". Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived from the original on 2022-01-29. Retrieved 11 February 2022.