Catholic Health Association (CHAI)

About Catholic Health Association of India

HealthRise Project-Udaipur, Rajasthan

The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) and its Member Institutions (MIs) will implement the Healthy HEART 2018 project. This HealthRise demonstration project will be implemented among the vulnerable and marginalized population in selected blocks of Udaipur district in Rajasthan, India. The project aims to enhance community awareness with empowerment, strengthen and build the capacity of government and private healthcare providers and advocate for policy changes, thereby increasing diagnosis among the underserved and helping patients to achieve treatment goals.

Outreach activities will be facilitated by a team of community workers including Assistant Program Managers, Community co-coordinators and Community Support workers:

  • In each selected block, two teams comprised of Assistant Program Managers, two Community co-coordinators, and four Community Support workers, with support by data entry operators, will raise awareness about diabetes and hypertension through interpersonal communication and large group meetings.
  • Awareness generation will be facilitated through Key Opinion Leaders in the community and will include disease recognition, management and modes to access healthcare services.
  • Screening services for diabetes and hypertension along with follow-up will be provided through point of care diagnostics and m-technology.
  • Self-care and monitoring will be promoted among existing patients in addition to formation of peer support groups.

The program will also build the capacity of public and private healthcare providers of all cadres to implement patient friendly standardized treatment regimens with follow-up and advocate with policy makers and managers to promote inter-sectoral co-ordination and ensure equipment and facilities for decentralized care.

About CHAI

Founded in 1943 by Sr. Dr Mary Glowrey, an Australian Nun, CHAI upholds its vision to bring ‘Health for all.’ CHAI is one of the world’s largest not-for-profit healthcare networks with a membership base of over 3,500 Member Institutions – 84% of them serve in medically underserved areas, operating under 11 Regional Units across India. CHAI MIs extend medical care to over 21 million persons per year through a team of 1,000 Sister-Doctors; 25,000 Sister-Nurses; over 10,000 Sister-paraprofessionals and around 5,000 Sister Social Workers, along with a huge number of lay employees.

Mission Statement:

In line with its mission, CHAI focuses particularly on maternal and child health; communicable diseases; disability rehabilitation; non-communicable and lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension; alternative complementary system of medicine; positive health promotion; palliative and geriatric care with ‘whole person’ approach; disaster assistance; telemedicine benefitting the medically unreached in rural and remote areas; environmental/eco friendly measures; capacity building and research.

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