The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) is a Network of 3572 Healthcare and Social Service Institutions across India. The network is divided into 11 regional units spanning the length and breadth of the country. By serving 21 million (approximately 1.5% of India’s population) patients annually across the country, most of them poor, CHAI plays a vital role in Indian healthcare. The network’s national reach and deep grassroots presence are a unique and formidable asset, made even stronger by the profound commitment of its volunteers. The people of CHAI—Sisters and non-religious alike—translate the core values of Compassion, Affordability and Quality of Care into their daily work.
CHAI is also a not-for-profit organization that works in various areas of health care, touching the lives of 12 million marginalized people every year. Leveraging the scale and reach of the network of its member institutions, CHAI has been successful in implementing a wide variety of projects in Community Health, Communicable Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases, Palliative Care, Disability, Disaster Intervention and Strengthening of the Healthcare System.
The CHAI network caters to more than 21 million people every year. A larger part of this work is done in rural and remote areas of the country.
More than 76000 health professionals are employed in the network operating within all branches of health care, including medicine, surgery, dentistry, midwifery, pharmacy, psychology, nursing or allied health professions.
The CHAI network consists of 3570 institutions ranging from Health Centres, Hospitals and Nursing Schools.
At the heart of CHAI’s mission is the 1000+ sister doctors working tirelessly to serve the sick and the marginalized in every part of the nation.
The 5 medical colleges run by members of CHAI impart medical education guided by the principles of Catholic ethics.
From its humble beginnings in July 1943, the Catholic Health Association of India has been serving the nation in reaching the unreached for the last 79 years.