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Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI)

Making Health a Reality for the People of India

Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) is a non-profit, registered society formed in 1970. It is a federation of 24 State Voluntary Health Associations, linking together over 4000 member institutions across the country. VHAI is one of the target health and development networks in the world.


VHAI advocates people-centered policies for dynamic health planning and programme management in India. VHAI initiates and supports innovative health and development programmes at the grassroots with the active participation of people.


VHAI strives to build up a strong health movement in the country for a cost effective, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health care system. It works towards a responsive public health sector and responsible private sector with accountability and quality service. VHAI promotes health as an issue of human right and development.


The beneficiaries of VHATs programme include health professionals, researchers, social activists, and government functionaries and media personnel.



“Making Health a Reality for the People of India”



> Promotion of social justice, equity and human rights in the provision and distribution of health services for all, with emphasis on the less privileged millions.

> Strengthening a people’s health movement in the country.

> Advocating congenial policies and programmes aimed at improving the health status and quality of life of the people.



> Supporting voluntary efforts in the country through formation and strengthening of state level organizations.

> Initiating innovative grassroots level sustainable health and development programmes in some of the least developed in the country.

> Capacity building of voluntary agencies through formal and non-formal training, awareness building and orientation programmes.

> Developing and sharing effective development communication tools aimed at promoting educational activities and campaigns.

> Doing health policy research for influencing policies and programmes for a cost-effective, preventive, promotive and economically sustainable health care system in the country.

> Doing advocacy and lobbying with policy makers by suggesting viable alternatives supported by research, for improving governance and programme implementation.

> Repackaging and dissemination of information collected globally to network partner in the country.

> Effective networking with Government, UN Agencies and voluntary and professional bodies with regard to sharing of expertise and resources.

> Responding to medical and health emergencies during and after natural disasters.



The Voluntary Health Association of India *VHAI was founded in 1970 as a secular, non-political, non-profit organization. It is registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 as a Non-Governmental Agency. VHA federates 27 State level Voluntary Health Associations in the country. It is linked to over 4500 member institutions through State Voluntary Health Associations. VHAI works closely with a large number of associates and partners in India and abroad. This includes a Health Workers Collective of over 120000 members, spread across the country. These make VHAI as one of the largest health and development networks in the world.


For more detail please contact :

Sri Alok Mukhopadhyay, Chief Executive, VHAI

Voluntary Health .association of India

40 Qutub Institutional Area. New Delhi – 110 016

Phone : 265  807  -72.2651  018,2695871 Fax: 011-26853708

Email: [email protected]   Website :


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