The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (C.B.C.I.) is the permanent association of the Catholic
Bishops of India. It was formally constituted in September 1944 at the Conference of Metropolitans held in Madras. Its objectives are to facilitate coordinated study and discussion of questions affecting the Church, and adoption of a common policy and effective action in all matters concerning the interests of the Church in India.
CBCI OFFICE OF HEALTH
- To make quality health services available, affordable and accessible to all, especially in the underserved areas.
- To empower people to plan for their health and health care needs and access their health care rights.
- To cooperate and collaborate with the government and other agencies to make health care accessible for all, in accordance with the teachings of the Church.
- To observe all ethical norms according to the teachings of the Church, professional bodies and just laws of the country.
- To show compassion for all, serve preferentially the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalised.
- To practice and transmit the Christian vision of care, in a world of commercialised health care.
- To facilitate spiritual assistance to everyone we serve, according to their faith, so that the experience of sickness and healing can be transformed into one of personal growth and development.
- To promote health education, training and research
- To encourage multi-dimensional programmes on promotion of health and prevention of diseases in communities.GUIDING PRINCIPLES
- Keeping in mind the holistic development of the person, in the involvement of the Church in health and health care, the community health model will be given priority.
- The interventions of the Church will be guided by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of
CBCI Office for Health Care was established in 1989 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India to function as the coordinating body of all the health related organisations of the Church in India. This Office is the forum for discussing various vital issues of national importance related to health and for planning common action. The office is to inspire and guide all the health related organizations
according to the spirit of the Catholic teaching, practice and tradition.
The Health Policy of the Catholic Church in India is guided by the teachings of the Gospel, the Magisterium of the Church and the Charter for Healthcare Workers. The principles that guide the involvement of the Church in health and health care are as follows:
Human Rights, that says that all have the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families.
- The Church will be committed in its actions to provide access to health and health care facilities and services in areas that lack adequate health care facilities.
- There shall be no discrimination on the basis of age, sex, creed, class, caste, tribe, religion or other socio-economic, political and cultural realities in the delivery of services and facilities.
- The policy is guided by the teachings of the Church to serve the poorest of the poor. Special emphasis will be given to disadvantaged groups like tribals, dalits, migrants, refugees and the differently-abled.
- The decision-making in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation will be according to the teaching of the Church, ethically correct and will be based on complete and accurate technical information.
- Evidence-based medicine will be practiced in health care including the use of rational therapeutics.NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
1. ST. JOHN’S NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
St. John’s National Academy of Medical Sciences was started in 1963 by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India. St. John’s has grown to be listed as one of the top medical educational institutions in the country. St. John’s Medical College offers graduate, postgraduate, diploma and super specialty degrees recognized by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Bangalore, Karnataka. The mission orientation of the institution is to train healthcare professionals, especially to serve in the medically underserved areas of the country. Medical students execute a bond to serve in such areas for two years after their graduation. About 25% of them are permanently working in remote areas, and are committed to addressing the desperate health needs of these unreached rural populations.
At present, a total of 726 students are undergoing their training in Medicine and Paramedical courses. A total of 608 staff, both teaching and non-teaching are on the payroll of the College and rendering their services to the best of their abilities. Alumni and faculty of the institution hold eminent positions in various fields associated with medicine and health care, nationally and internationally.
Having received the mandate from Jesus Christ, the Divine Healer, to ensure life in its fullness, and inspired by His compassionate love, the Catholic Church in India envisages a healthy society where people especially the poor and marginalized, attain and maintain holistic well being and live in harmony with the Creator, with self, with one another and with the environment.
- To provide humanizing care considering the dignity of the person and the needs of society.
- To ensure promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare to all, particularly to the poor and the marginalized through their empowerment.
- To engage in social mobilization of the community by creating awareness on rights, duties and responsibilities related to health issues.