Christian health care network in India contributes towards building a just and healthy society

Christian health care network in India contributes towards building a just and healthy society

Supported by Bread for the World

Partners: CMAI Member institutions, churches and individuals, training centres

Project Coverage: Across the country

Project Objectives:

  • Churches demonstrate inclusiveness through engagement in health and social actions
  • Member institutions and their employees offer ethical, relevant and technically competent health care.
  • CMAI influences the national health policy towards equitable health care for all.

Project Activities:

  1. Consultation with experts to discuss Bioethics curriculum for undergraduate courses
  2. Conducting training sessions in churches and sensitizing them towards being relevant in their community.
  3. Regional meeting for inputs towards the Draft National Health Policy 2015 at Chennai, Guwahati and New Delhi
  4. Submission of inputs to the Government of India for the Draft National health Policy 2015
  5. Participation at the Medical Mission Consultation at Bangalore
Mobile Nurse Mentoring Project Bihar

Mobile Nurse Mentoring Project Bihar

Project coverage: 38 districts of Bihar

Project overview: 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.


  • To reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity
  • To improve the knowledge, skill and attitude of frontline workers- ANMs
    • Maternal health
    • Newborn health
    • Family planning
    • System change

Project Activities:

  • Recruitment of Nurse trainers
  • Orientation and Training of trainers
  • Assigning facilities for training
  • Monitoring of training
  • Partners: Member hospitals of CMAI, Nurses from all over the country

Funded by: Bill and Melinda Gates through Care India

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Workshop: CMAI’s Hospital Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Response Plan

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Workshop: CMAI’s Hospital Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Response Plan

CMAI equips healthcare institutions to be able to respond to any form of disaster by building capacity of the institution to prepare their Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Plan.

Project coverage: As a part of this initiative CMAI organised one workshop in Bangalore for the Southern region (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala) in February 2015. Similar workshop was organised in March 2015 in Gopalpur-on-Sea for eastern region (West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand).

A multi-disciplinary team (Doctors, Nurse, Allied Health, Administrators) from hospitals attended the workshops. The workshop aims to train healthcare professionals and institutions to respond to any natural or man-made calamities through consultative meetings, group work activities and discussions with experts, medical professionals, central social service staff and government agencies.


  • To introduce the concept of Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals
  • To demonstrate the use of tools to analyse and assess risk in the Hospital
  • To guide the participants to help prepare Hospital Disaster preparedness and emergency response plan and Standard Operating procedures (SOPS)

Outcome of the workshop:

  1. Participants of various hospitals were made aware of the need of a Disaster Preparedness plan
  2. The participants learnt to use tools to assess hazard, vulnerability and risk in their institutions
  3. The participants learnt to use tools to prepare hospital disaster preparedness and emergency response plan.
  4. The participants formed a WhatsApp group to keep in touch with each other and update each other on any matter related to disaster preparedness and emergency response.

CMAI will be preparing a registry of health care personnel willing to respond to disaster or emergencies. Similar workshop will be organised for different regions in the future.

Partner: US Embassy in India

Labs for Life Project

Labs for Life Project

Project Coverage: 7 states (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh,Telangana, Rajasthan, Assam, West Bengal), 11 Districts, 20 institutions (10 medical colleges, 10 district hospitals)


Improving quality of laboratory services, buildingsustainable laboratory systems and strengthening country owned institutions within the public health sector


  • Enhance capacity for diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases in India.
  • Help in improving the quality of services of 20 identified labs, from the baseline assessment, by at least two additional stars/grades/levels as measured by the checklist
  • Strengthen specimen referral mechanisms and linkages between various levels of facilities
  • Ensure sustainability of interventions through local, state-level and country ownership

Upcoming Activities:

  1. Dissemination meeting for gap analysis findings with all the stakeholders in seven states
  2. Preparation of capacity building modules, TOT planning and onsite training
  3. Organize Capacity Building training for 20 institutions.

Activities over three years (2014-2017):

  • Activity 1: Situation Analysis and Gap Assessment
  • Activity 2: Strengthen Capacity Building Activities
  • Activity 3: Implement Quality Systems Essentials
  • Activity 4: Strengthen the Specimen Referral and Reporting System
  • Activity 5: Maintenance of Core Lab Equipment

Core Committee

  • Joint Secretary, NACO-Chairperson
  • DDG Laboratory Service Division-NACO
  • Director-NCDC
  • Deputy Commissioner (Non Communicable Diseases)-MOH&FW
  • Representative from Nation Health System & Resource Centre
  • Director Finance NACO
  • Experts from CDC and CMAI (Implementing partner of CDC)
  • Experts from BD

Partner: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC-CMAI Quality Management Systems of Blood Banks (QMS-BB)

CDC-CMAI Quality Management Systems of Blood Banks

About the project:

  • QMS-BB project is a five-year (Sep 2013-March 2019) cooperative agreement (Co-Ag) from PEPFAR-CDC to strengthen the Quality Management Systems in NACO supported Blood Banks and Blood Transfusion systems (QMS-BB) in India.
  • CDC-India has entered into a co-operative agreement with Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) with Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore as a sub-partner to provide technical assistance to NACO to facilitate the achievement of the objectives under NACP IV.

Aims & Objectives:

The project aims to provide technical assistance to NACO -supported blood banks across all states in India.

  • Establishing Quality Management Systems to ensure Safe and quality Blood in the country
  • Enhancing blood access through a well networked regionally coordinated blood transfusion services
  • Ensuring the most appropriate use of blood/blood components
  • Increasing regular Voluntary non remunerated blood donation to meet the Safe blood requirements in the country
  • Building implementation structures and referral linkages
  • Establishing national External Quality Assurance Scheme (EQAS) network for Transfusion Transmitted Infections (TTIs) and Immunohematology to ensure quality of blood and blood products
  • Training and capacity building of blood banks under public sector/NGOs/Charitable trusts supported under NACP
  • Development of E-blood banking
  • Provide technical support to NACO, SACS and other implementation structures
  • Strengthen the functioning NBTC and SBTC’s

Key Components (Activities in Year One – Oct 2013 to March 2015):

  • Situation Analysis:

Based on the Desk review (Literature Review; Secondary Data Analysis)and Site Specific Observations (15 blood banks in five zones covering nine states)a comprehensive report is submitted to NACO that is structured to highlight the program’s best practices, gaps, issues, challenges and capacity building needs at different levels

  • Capacity Building:

Under this activity 40 institutions were assessed based on specific parameters, out of which 18 institutions were finalised as Training Centres (including 3 apex centres). Curriculum and modules (Doctors, Lab Technicians, Nurses and Counsellors) were finalised to train blood bank staff. To coordinate this activity and to ensure free flow of activities, 11Zonal Managers were placed at different regions across the country.

A Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop is held at Mahabalipuram with the 18 training centres in February 2015 following a Meeting to Review Training Modules at Apex Centre PGI – Chandigarh in April 2015.

  • Quality Management Systems:

Submitted proposal on “Quality Management Systems” and “External Quality Assessment Program” in Blood Banks. A series of consultation with experts on QMS and EQAS is conducted.EQAS provider assessment is carried out in three centers. Proposals under review.

  • Estimation of Blood Requirement:

The Conceptual framework, methods and tools have been finalized and a sub-committee is formed. Proposal is cleared by TRG-Blood safety and TRG –R&D, NACO and IRB, CMC, Vellore. Literature review, secondary data collection and analysis in progress.

  • E-Blood Banking:

The process for development and providing a solution for E-blood banking is initiated. Blood units can be easily accessed from any blood bank by using website, SMS or IVRS.

Progress so far in E- Blood Banking:

  • National consultation on e-blood bank MIS
  • Finalized NACO’s requirements (indicators) with regard to national e-blood bank MIS
  • National e-registry of voluntary blood donors launched as pilot
  • Initiated assessment of IT skills & infrastructure in NACO supported BBs
  • Compiled details of state level e-BB MIS to be displayed in NACO website
  • Plotted blood banks using google map

Key Components (Planned Activities – April 2015 to March 2016…):

  • Capacity Building:

Under this activity, Apex Level Orientation Programs were to be conducted for all the Trainers of 18 training institutions.

Blood Bank Staff Training programs are to be commenced.

  • Quality Management Systems:

Training for Trainers (TOT) of all the 18 training institutes to be commenced. The EQAS for NACO supported blood banks is to be initiated. The monitoring & evaluation systems need to be reviewed and strengthened by incorporating appropriate changes.

  • Estimation of Blood Requirement:

Primary data collection is to be carried out. After receiving clearance, the whole process will take 5 – 6 months.

  • E-Blood Banking:
    • Hyperlinks to e-blood bank MIS developed by states are to be incorporated in NACO web portal
    • Integration with 108 services
    • Scale-up national e-registry of voluntary donor database
    • Defining BTS indicators as per MDDS in e-BBMIS
  • Finalization of Five-year national strategy paper for Blood Transfusion Services in India

The draft strategy paper developed through series of consultative meetings and discussions with key stakeholders.

QMS BB Report

Past Projects


Global Fund to Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)

Supported by Global Fund

I. Intensified Malaria Control Project (IMCP) II

Partners: Caritas India Consortium

Project Coverage: CMAI is Implementing IMCP II in 4 District in Meghalaya and 8 District in Mizoram

 Goal: To reduce malaria related mortality and morbidity in project areas by at least 30% by 2015 as compared to 2008

Project Activities:

  1. Prevention of malaria
  2. Early diagnosis by Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDTs), Slides and treatment with ACT – AL and refereeing to centers
  3. Behavior Change Communication (BCC) among the community
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation of the project
  5. Coordination and partnership development with State, District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Primary Health Centres, Local Councils, Churches and NGOs
  6. Capacity Building of Community health Volunteers, Felid Supervisors and Data Entry Officers, District Project Officers and Project Team
  7. Observation of World Malaria Day 2015

II. Project Axshya

Partners: The Union (IUALTD) Consortium

Project Coverage: CMAI is Implementing IMCP II in 7 District in Meghalaya and 8 District in Mizoram

Project Overview: To compliment the RNTCP efforts with Advocacy Communication Social Mobilization (ACSM)

Project Activities:

  1. Community engagement by NGOs, Churches, CBOs and other forums
  2. Advocacy with Government, Churches, CBOs and other voluntary organizations
  3. Capacity building of District Coordinators, NGOs, Community Volunteers and project team
  4. Strengthening the RNTCP system
  5. Observation of World TB Day

Improving Adolescent Sexual Health to prevent HIV and AIDS in Manipur

The project addresses the issue of adolescent sexual health by encouraging the adolescents to take informed decision to prevent themselves from HIV and AIDS. It also encourages better health seeking behavior through community counselors and also sensitizes the healthcare professionals for an adolescent friendly services

Partner: SHALOM, Manipur

Supported by ICCO Cooperation

Ecumenical Solidarity on HIV and AIDS (ESHA) Project

The project developed the HIV Policy for Churches and strategizes the implementation in Hospital, Educational Institutions, Theological Colleges, Development Sector of churches and within Church Congregations

Partner: NCCI

Supported by ICCO Cooperation

Participatory Communication Initiative for improving access to public healthcare services for rural communities in India under the National Rural Health Mission

The project established an effective communication tool for enhanced services under NRHM. Extensive cross learning and empowering community towards participatory communication for better health services are the main outcome of the project.


States: Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat & Jharkhand

Supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Livelihood Project for Rural Women in Muzzafarpur District, Bihar

The project strengthen the women of the community through Income Generation activities, health issues and Self-Help group formation for sustainability

Supported by Lutheran World Relief

Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS in Mission Hospitals

The project mainstream HIV and AIDS both internally and externally through Appreciative Inquiry methodologies

Partners: Hospitals across India

Supported by ICCO Cooperation

Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS in Social organizations

The project mainstream HIV and AIDS in social organization, which may or may not be working in the field of health. Appreciative Inquiry was the method used in this process.


Supported by Bread for the World, Germany


The project developed 4 learning sites for HIV and AIDS in South India through a structured method and process in order to respond effectively to HIV Care and Support

Partners: FHI, SAATHII, INP+

Supported by USAID

Training of healthcare professionals in 71 districts of Uttar Pradesh

The project in an innovative manner trained healthcare professionals from all the districts of Uttar Pradesh by a team of Doctor and PLHIV for strengthening of services. The project was carried out in a short duration of time through set of trainers

Partners: Member Hospitals in Uttar Pradesh

Supported by FHI

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Projects after a disaster

  • Jammu & Kashmir Flood
  • Uttarakhand Flood
  • Odisha Flood
  • Tsunami in South India
  • Bihar Flood
  • Gujarat Earthquake

The project used the existing curriculum developed to train counselors in the area of psychosocial rehabilitation for victims of various natural calamities.

Partners: Member Institutions and Churches in the region

Community Health and Development Project, North East India

The project strengthens the access to healthcare services and provides early diagnosis of disease like malaria and tuberculosis in the North eastern part of the country through community health volunteers from the church and institutions.

Partners: Member Hospitals and Churches in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam

Supported by Presbyterian Church, USA

Providing ART in Mission Hospitals

The project made ART available for patients who are not able to reach the government facilities due to issues like distance, stigma and discrimination and later linked to the government services for sustainability

Partners: Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Jalna Mission Hospital, Duncan Hospital, Raxaul

Supported by German Institute of Medical Mission (DIFAEM)


The project partners with ASHA Foundation to strengthen PMTCT services in southern part of the country through member institutions

Partners: ASHA Foundation, Bangalore

OVC projects

The project focuses on health and educational facilities for OVCs from Madurai.

Partner: Association of Arulagam, Madurai

Supported by CMMB

Information and Guidance Centers

The project developed counseling centres in member institutions and link with various government healthcare facilities for care and treatment for HIV and AIDS

Partners: Member institutions across the country

Supported by World Council of Churches

Chhotanagpur Health and Development Project

The project developed health and livelihood of communities the Chhotanagpur area towards sustainable development.

Partners: Churches in Chhotanagpur area

Supported by Lutheran World Relief

Facing AIDS

The project trained pastors and church leaders to address stigma and discrimination towards HIV and AIDS all over the country.

Partners: Churches across the country

Safe Medicine Seminar

The project educated and informed health care practitioners including doctors, nurses, counselors, pharmacists and other health care workers who have direct contact with clients on use of safe medicine through focused training seminars in different hospitals and communities.

The project spread the message of safe medicine and accomplished meaningful sustainable solutions and mechanisms through innovative training strategies and media plan.

Partner: US Embassy in India