CHAI is a charitable, voluntary, non-profit Catholic Christian organization working for the promotion of physical, psychological, social and spiritual health of all people irrespective of caste, creed and sex, rendering service, education and research.
The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) with its motto “Love of Christ Compels us” is completing 7o years of its service to the Nation. It is one of the world’s largest non-governmental organization in the health sector. CHAI upholds its commitment to bring health for all. Founded in 1943 by Sr. Mary Glowrey, an Australian sister-doctor, CHAI is today one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Adopting Community Health as its focus, CHAI has been successfully implementing community health interventions throughout India. CHAI has an expansive base of over 3,410 Member Institutions (MIs) including 484 large hospitals, more than 2000 medium as well as small hospitals and health centres, 121diocesan social service societies, 27 Nursing schools and 52 Leprosy centers. CHAI’s massive network comprises 11 Regional Units, 1000 sister-doctors, 25,000 sister-nurses and 10,000 plus para- professionals who effectively render succor and support to the needy and the poor.
Vision : Commitment to bring ‘health for all’. It views health as a state of complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being, and not merely the absence of sickness. People are assured of clean air, water and environment, they do not suffer from any preventable disease, are able to manage their health needs, are able to control the forces which cause ill health, enjoy dignity and equality and are partners in decisions that affect them, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or economic status, and respect human life and hold and nurture it to grow into its fullness.
Mission : In order to realize the vision, CHAI endeavours to Promote COMMUNITY HEALTH, understood as a process of enabling the people, especially the poor and the marginalized, to be collectively responsible to attain and maintain their health and demand health as a right, and ensure availability of health care of reasonable quality at reasonable cost. Control communicable diseases as they cause a huge public health burden as well as take a heavy toll of human life in the country; Provide relief to disaster victims in the country and bring the affected to normal level of functioning. Ensure relief and rehabilitation to persons with disabilities.