As part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration, CHAI organized a two-day National Reflection, on 20th and 21st of February 2018, at St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru. Altogether 61 leaders of the Catholic Healthcare network in India participated in the event. They included CHAI Board Members, CHAI Regional representatives, members of National Steering Committee (sisters representing 30 women religious congregations partnering with Hilton Foundation project “Repositioning of Religious Congregations”), representatives of Catholic medical colleges, some of the accredited Catholic hospitals, Sister Doctors Forum of India (SDFI), Catholic Nurses’ Guild of India (CNGI) and Christian Coalition for Health in India(CCH).
The objective was “to evolve a way forward for CHAI in the context of the current healthcare scenario in the country”. This was done through a series of pre-set questions that were discussed during the two-day programme. They were issues related to community health, quality care, health literacy, positive health, advocacy, medical education, resource mobilization, sustainability, etc.
The discussions were enriched by input-sessions by eminent speakers from the field of Healthcare, Technology and Advocacy. Mr. Afaq Shah from ‘Global Healthcare Systems’ shared about their Lean Management System and how they use Telemedicine to provide affordable care in hard-to-reach areas. Dr. Ravi Narayan spoke about the significance of community health and guiding principles and the importance of ‘Communitization’. Mr. John Santhosh from ‘Billion Lives’ shared about how technology can be used to deliver solutions efficiently and transparently to the poor. Ms. Payal from ‘Resource Alliance’ talked about the availability of funding and the new methods in Resource Mobilization. Dr. Alex Thomas from ‘Association of Healthcare Providers-India (AHPI)’ shared about the importance of Advocacy and how the Catholic Network can use its reach and numbers to influence policies. Mr. Venkatanarayan from ‘Karuna Trust’ shared about their experiences in collaborating with the Government in running 69 PHCs in 6 States. All these inputs provided new ideas and solutions that were incorporated into the discussions.
The pre-set questions were also shared with all the Indian Cardinals, CBCI office bearers, Archbishops, members of CBCI Health Commission, Chairpersons of Regional Catholic Bishops Councils, CHAI Board Members and selected group of experts for their opinions, prior to the National Reflection. All the inputs (both from the experts as well as the discussions) will be compiled into a Strategic document for CHAI which will define its focus areas for the next 5 years.