CMAI as a national level organisation is actively working with the government and partnering strategically to achieve goals relevant to the health of the country. Dissemination of learning through national level conferences, conducting national consultations for burning issues like Safe Medicine, creating awareness on legally relevant topics like CEA 2010, FCRA, NABH accreditation etc., through workshops, technical training, curriculum development and CMAI mandated conferences, as well as CMAI publications, are some ways CMAI is involved in Policy Advocacy. CMAI also presented research papers in International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control, submitted abstract on Accreditation of HIV Services to improve Infection Control in Hospitals.
Strategic areas of policy advocacy:
- Quality Management Systems in NACO supported Blood Banks in India: CDC-India has entered into a cooperative agreement with Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) with Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore as a sub-partner to provide technical assistance to National AIDS Control Organisation to facilitate the achievement of the objectives under NACP IV.
- Labs for Life Project: Improving the quality of laboratory services, building sustainable laboratory systems and strengthening country owned institutions within the public health sector. The project covers 7 states (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Assam, West Bengal), 11 Districts, 20 institutions (10 medical colleges, 10 district hospitals)
- Mobile Nurse Mentoring Project Bihar: The MNMT Project (Mobile Nurses Mentoring Team) in Bihar, supports the Government of Bihar (GoB) in improving the quality of delivery and postpartum care as well as family planning services in a large number of Primary Health Centers (PHC’s), and district and sub-divisional hospitals that are already handling a high load of delivery cases
- CMAI contributed to the National Health Policy 2015 and submitted it to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
CMAI is one of the 12 Civil Society Organisation CSOs which form the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) CSO platform. This is called the Alliance for Immunisation in India (Aii). Catholic Health Association of India is the facilitating NGO for this Alliance.
Objectives of the Alliance are:
- Establish a functional Civil Society Organizations (CSO) platform for engaging in Health System Strengthening (HSS) for improving immunization coverage
- Build capacities of the CSOs to engage in discussions around HSS activities for immunization
- Promote CSOs engagement with Government and Development partners
- Empower the CSO alliance to link communities with immunization and health systems
Towards establishing the platform in India, the first step was the formation of a National Steering Committee with participation from WHO, UNICEF, PHFI/ITSU, MCHIP, Save the Children, PCI, World Vision, CORE Polio, CMAI, ADRA, PATH, MAMTA, CRS & CHAI. This platform was launched as the Alliance for Immunisation in India (Aii) in December 2013.
Through the Aii the following are the expectations from the CSOs:
- Support in micro-planning; ‘Reaching The Un-Reached’
- Providing a proper venue for the sessions
- Help in mobilization of the beneficiaries
- Provide support for counselling the resistant families
- Provide an update on the migratory families
- Involve the local PRI for the immunization/health services
- Use IEC/IPC/BCC material in their local areas creating community awareness
- Discuss immunization during their local community meetings
Accomplishments of the Aii:
- Name & logo finalized – Alliance for Immunization in India (AII)
- Alliance Governance Charter developed
- RI position paper, Strategy paper developed
- States finalized (based on the largest cohort of under-immunized children)
- Uttar Pradesh & Jharkhand in the first phase
- Bihar & Rajasthan in the second phase
- CSO mapping initiated in the identified states
CMAI along with 16 other institutions including EHA, TLM, St. Stephen’s Hospital, CMC Ludhiana, Lady Willingdon Hospital, Manali, Christian Healthcare Fellowship, CIHSR, Dimapur etc, is one of the founding members of The Centre for Bioethics. This is a National level registered society
The objectives of the TCB are:
- To be a Christian voice on ethical issues based on Biblical values
- To analyze, interpret and engage with the existing and emerging bio-ethical issues pertaining to health care
- and research and
- Promote ethical medical practice in India