CHD Group

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CHD Group
FoundersEdmond Fernandes, Cynthia Fernandes
TypeHealth Organisation
Legal statusPublic charity
PurposePublic Healthcare, Sustainable Livelihood, Education, Disaster Risk Reduction, Road Safety, Humanitarian Diplomacy, Community Development, Policy, Nutrition, Non Communicable Disease Management
Area served
ServicesPublic Health Initiatives; CSR Programme Implementation; Academic Co-operations; Monitoring and Evaluation; Consulting
Key people
Prof. Nikesh Bhargava, Dr. Neevan Dsouza, Prashant M
AffiliationsNon Partisan, Non Discriminatory
Award(s)ASSOCHAM NGO Award 2020, Businessworld Healthcare Award 2022

CHD Group is an Indian non-profit global health organisation headquartered in Mangalore. Founded in 2014, CHD Group works in the field of public health, disaster management,[1] primary healthcare,[2] road safety, women's health, skill development, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, implementing CSR programmes for corporate companies and livelihood for rural communities and partners with other Indian and foreign organisations, government ministries, diplomatic missions, United Nation agencies for capacity development, supportive supervision, technical support, CSR programme implementation and strengthening public health systems.[3][4][5][6]

Noble Laureate Prof Yunus with Dr. Edmond, CEO, CHD Group

The organisation advocated for a more robust public health bill in 2017,[7] and also released the Karnataka Mental Health Report that gave the landscape of mental health situation in the state.[8]

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the NGO supported over 50,000 farmers by providing PPE in partnership with Corteva agriscience[9] and also donated 50 oxygen concentrators to BBMP Hospitals by importing them from China totally impacting over 4,56,000 in the middle of a lockdown alone.[10]

The organization received a Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2021 and was granted observership status to UNFCCC in 2022[11] and has impacted in total over 2.9 million lives in India alone in urban and rural areas.[12][13]

Academic & Research Institute[edit]

On 29 March 2022, CHD Group officially inaugurated & started the Edward & Cynthia Institute of Public Health(ECIPH).[14] The Institute is named after the patrons Edward Fernandes and Cynthia Fernandes.[15]

Edward & Cynthia Institute of Public Health at Mangalore

ECIPH is advanced technical cooperation center with Yenepoya[16]( Deemed to be University) in Mangalore that provides training for a specialized higher education degree programme in Masters in Public Health(MPH).[17]

Advocacy and work reception[edit]

In the year 2014, CHD Group pressurized the District Administration of Dakshina Kannada to book violators for seat belt and enforce seat belt as a compulsion for drivers in the city of Mangalore and the district of Dakshina Kannada. To this effect, the Deputy Commissioner then, issued an order to implement seat belt for drivers with immediate effect.[18]

CHD Group partnered with Godrej Industries to support families who were struck by disasters during Gujarat Floods 2017 and supported them through medical relief work.[19][20]

In 2018, CHD Group led a US Government delegation to Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and also motivated him to set up a disaster management and nutrition task force in the state with sub-district governance mechanisms.[21][22]

In the 2019 Karnataka Mental Health Report, the organization stated that Raichur had the highest cases of mental disorder followed by Bidar and proposed several solutions to the Government of Karnataka.[23]

During Cyclone Fani 2019, they provided multi-specialty medical relief working with All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.[24]

Major Thematic Areas[edit]

  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Climate Change and Human Health
  • Disaster Risk Reduction & Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Actor Sonu Sood with Dr Edmond Fernandes in a private meeting
    Primary Health Care
  • Road Safety
  • Mental Health
  • Non Communicable Diseases
  • Urban Health
  • Assisted Living and Geriatric Care
  • Director General, AFMS, Ministry of Defence with Founder and CEO, CHD Group
    Community resilience & social health concentrations

Special projects[edit]

CHD Group runs Mission ICU, a citizen- driven initiative to build critical care capacities of India's public hospitals.[25] Until now they have installed over 200 plus beds and ventilators across various district hospitals, the latest being in Tamenglong, Manipur in India.[26][27]

The 200 bed installation was carried out at District Hospital, Champhai led by the Government of Mizoram.[28][29]

The Family Pillar Alliance ( FPK)[30] is a programme run by CHD Group supported majorly by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and KANTAR to provide sustainable livelihood in the domain of hospital duty assistants and nursing aides as caregivers for families in India and around the world.[31][32]

Empanelment, membership, signatory[edit]

Empaneled and registered with Niti Aayog, International Labour Organization, UNICEF, Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, Data Universal Numbering System, Income Tax[33][34]

Signatory to the Fossil Fuels Non-Proliferation Treaty[35]

Edward & Cynthia Institute of Public Health (ECIPH)

Member of the Climate Action Network South Asia[36]

Observership to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.[37]



In the year 2020, CHD Group won the ASSOCHAM NGO Award for speedy response to community needs.[38]

BW Businessworld 40 under 40 award in 2021.[39][40]

Foundation Day themes[edit]

7th Foundation Day 2021 - " Reclaiming gains for accelerating global health " and the Keynote address was given by Dr. Yogan Pillay, Former Deputy Director General of Health, Government of South Africa.[41]

8th Foundation Day 2022 - " Public health in all policies for community development" - His Excellency Mr. Federico Salas, Ambassador of Mexico to India[42] delivered the Keynote address & Dr. Harsha Somaroo, President, Public Health Association of South Africa[43] was the Guest of Honor.[44]

9th Foundation Day 2023 - Health, Climate Change and Community Resilience - The world we want - Dr. Fatemeh Rezaei, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran was the Chief Guest.[45]

Few Key Partners[edit]


Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India

SBI Foundation




Corteva Agriscience

Bank of Maharashtra


National Health Mission

Yenepoya University

Canara Bank



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Reaching out with Medical relief to flood affected families in Gujarat". India CSR Network. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  2. ^ Release, Press (23 June 2018). "CHD Group & Mennabettu Grama Panchayat Medical Mission held". Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  3. ^ "CHD Group to engage in regional consultation of WHO-SEARO in New Delhi". News Karnataka. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Taiwan Hospital Signs MoU With Indian Healthcare Group". Sakshi Post. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  5. ^ "CHD Group; SEEDS sign MoU for building Disaster Resilience in India". Express Healthcare. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  6. ^ "CHD Group, Digital Mojo sign MoU for health technology". Deccan Herald. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  7. ^ Pinto, Stanley (6 March 2017). "Make draft public health bill 2017 more robust, says Mangalurean group". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  8. ^ Prabhu, Nagesh (12 January 2020). "Depression, general anxiety form 34% of mental health cases in Karnataka: Report". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  9. ^ "CHD Group supports farmers across country". Deccan Herald. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  10. ^ "CHD Group donates 50 oxygen concentrators to Bengaluru". The Times of India. 3 June 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  11. ^ Retrieved 5 October 2023. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "India's weak rural health infrastructure to be bolstered by CHD's Mission ICU strategy". Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Dr. Edmond Fernandes Advice to Take Precautionary Care to Combat Adenovirus — Transcontinental Times". 6 March 2023. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  14. ^ "Mangaluru: Edward & Cynthia Institute of Public Health inaugurated at Bajal". Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  15. ^ ECIPH. "Background". Edward & Cynthia Institute of Public Health. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  16. ^ "Public Health | Yenepoya Medical College". Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  17. ^ "YSAHS | Masters Of Public Health". Retrieved 30 June 2023.
  18. ^ Pinto, Stanley (3 December 2014). "Book violators of seat belt rule, says center for health and development". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  19. ^ CSR, India (14 August 2017). "Reaching out with Medical relief to flood affected families in Gujarat". India CSR. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  20. ^ "Mangaluru: Helping hand for Gujarat". Bangalore Mirror. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  21. ^ "CHD Group leads US Government delegation to Karnataka CM". 2 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  22. ^ "Bengaluru: CHD Group leads US govt delegation to CM Kumaraswamy". Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  23. ^ "Karnataka sees rise in suicides due to mental health issues". Deccan Herald. 10 October 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  24. ^ Correspondent, Special (27 May 2019). "Mangaluru medical team in Odisha". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  25. ^ "Mangaluru: CHD Group launches mission ICU at Tumkur District Hospital". Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  26. ^ "Mission ICU installs ICU bed facility at Tamenglong in Manipur". 8 May 2022. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  27. ^ "Centre for Health and Development (CHD)". SAMRIDH. 3 June 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  29. ^ Group, C. H. D. (8 March 2023). "Mission ICU-in Champhai Dist Hospital tan ICU khum leh a ken tel hmanrua Rs. nuai 40 man hu pe". CHD Group. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  30. ^ G D A Nursing Course, retrieved 26 May 2022
  31. ^ Group, C. H. D. (23 February 2023). "Bamonpo College along chiklo jonthom apharman, Nursing training kangpu Pon". CHD Group. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  32. ^ Group, C. H. D. (23 February 2023). "Training camp - ECIPH and Kantar India Foundation, Rotary E-connect and others organised a three-month training camp for nurse-aide". CHD Group. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  33. ^ "Credentials". CHD Group. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  34. ^ "FCRA Online Services". Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  35. ^ "Who Has Endorsed?". The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  36. ^ "CANSA – members". Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  37. ^ Retrieved 10 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  38. ^ "CHD Group wins award". Bangalore First. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  39. ^ "Honouring Healthcare World s 40 Under 40". BW Defence. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  40. ^ Sharma, Ruchika (15 February 2022). "BW Businessworld names top 40 under 40 for Healthcare, details". Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  41. ^ "Mangaluru: 7th Foundation Day of CHD Group discusses global health, sustainability". Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  42. ^ "Embajador" [Ambassador]. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  43. ^ "The Public Health Association of SA". Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  44. ^ "Social Protection Must To Face Future Health Challenges". The Times of India. 29 June 2022. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  45. ^ "Mangaluru: CHD Group observes 9th Foundation Day". Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  46. ^ Group, C. H. D. "Credentials". CHD Group. Retrieved 30 January 2024.