Founded in 1905 as the Medical Missionary Association (MMA), we are a fraternity to support professionals engaged in holistic healing. In 1926, MMA was rechristened as the Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) and has grown in strength by keeping pace with the changing healthcare needs in this country.

CMAI has done pioneering work in several areas, including leprosy, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV and AIDS.

Today CMAI is a charitable, Christian healthcare network, non-governmental organization, an educational society and the official health agency of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI). The member institutions are related to various churches: Assemblies of God, Baptists, Church of North India, Church of South India, Lutheran, Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Mennonite, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventists, The Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church, etc.

CMAI is a member of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) and will be hosting the international convention of ICMDA in 2018.

CMAI now has over 330 institutions (hospital, health care centres and community programmes etc.) and over 10,000 individuals as members. Regional and local activities are organised by CMAI regional representatives across the country