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The 70th  Annual General Body Meeting of the Catholic Health Association of India was held at St John’s National Health Academy, Bengaluru,  from 25th to 26th of October. Around 1000 participants representing from the member institutions of 11 regions of the country.

Pre-AGBM workshops were conducted on 6 topics. Emergency Nursing Management; Palliative Care; Diabetes- Advancement in prevention and Management; Disability mainstreaming in Faith Based Organizations; Medico Legal Awareness & Finance Management Improving Systems and Process in the Hospitals; and Challenges of NRHM in the rural set up & Role of Catholic Health facilities were conducted from 22-24.  There were 361 participants and 56 Resource persons.

The AGBM started with a Holy Mass with Most Rev. Vincent Concessao, the Ecclesiastical Advisor to CHAI,  as the main celebrant.  The Inaugural Function was presided over by Mar Joseph Arumachadath, Chairperson, Health Commission, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). The Welcome Address was given by Fr. Julius Arakal, the President, CHAI, and the highlights were given by Rev. Dr. Tomi Thomas, the Director General, CHAI. The Inaugural Address was made by the Chief Guest, Dr. K.S. Sriprakash, Vice Chancellor, RGUHS. 

The keynote Address was given by Padmashree Smt. Phoolbasan Bai Yadav, the veteran social worker and  a social entrepreneur who leads women’s brigade, of 200,000-strong women self-help group, and 12,000 women Samitis covering almost all the districts of Chhattisgarh. She  called upon the CHAI members to work for the uplift of poor rural women and children. She shared the story of her struggle with the women in Chattisgargh.

The Business Session, technically the actual annual general body meeting of CHAI,  was held on 26th morning with introductory remarks by Fr. Julius Arakal – President, CHAI followed by presentation of Minutes of 69th AGBM by Sr. Deena – Secretary, Annual Report by the Director-General, Statement of Accounts by Sr. Sneha – Treasurer, election to vacant posts and appointment of auditors.  

The 70th AGBM concluded with the Public Function on 26th morning, presided over by Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bengaluru, with K.J. George, Hon. Minster for Home, Karnataka as the Chief Guest. The function commenced with the Welcome Address by Sr. Cletus Daisy JMJ. 

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Rev Fr Jose Ayamkudy, President, Catholic Health Association of Karnataka.

Then the participants visited St Patrick’s Cemetery at Bangalore wherein Sr Dr Mary Glowrey rests.
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