Christian Medical College Vellore

Not to be ministered unto but to minister

Vision Statement: The Christian Medical College, Vellore, seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ, through excellence in education, service and research

Health and economic independence for tribals

Providing holistic care for the disadvantaged

The health program run by the Department of Community Health and Development (CHAD) aims to improve health through direct healthcare interventions, improvement in economic and social development, education and advocacy for rights.

In the hills of Jawadhi, the overall health, literacy and development indicators across age groups are poor compared to those living in the plains.

This is primarily due to poor health care infra-structure, limited health services – more than 50% of children are born at home – low literacy and inadequate quality education, no opportunity for local employment, dependence on subsistence farming, migratory labour and poor relationship with administrative structures. 

Historically, the tribal people have not trusted people from the plains. They seek healthcare only when someone is very sick, leading to high mortality rates and huge economic burdens due to illnesses. 

The Community Health department has been involved in  health outreach programs in Jawadhi hills since the 1980s. 

In the early days, CHAD provided general health services through mobile clinics. Initial outreach programs were primarily to address Hansen’s disease – leprosy – in the hills. With the decrease in the incidence of new cases of Hansen’s disease, we expanded our program to include general care. 

Above: organic manure that the villages produce using easily available ingredients like cow urine. 
Right (top to bottom): children who are students of the night school organised by CHAD; fish farming; toilets built by the tribals themselves with support from CMC. 
Main picture shows a local seed bank. 
These are all initiatives put in place by CHAD’s Model Villages project in the hills. 

General care involved the running of mobile clinics in fixed spots in the hills and providing referral to those patients who needed secondary or tertiary care. 

In 2008, we expanded our program to address health and development needs of the people in the hills. 

 Objectives of expanding the program:


1. To decrease Infant mortality and maternal mortality  50% in 5 years
2. To increase childhood immunization to 80% in 5 years
3. To increase access to antenatal care to 100% in 2 years
4. To provide access to adequate treatment for Tuberculosis, leprosy and non communicable diseases
5.To provide access to emergency care 24 hrs a day.

Development :

1. To provide access to primary education
2. To provide access to vocational training to all villages
3. To decrease migration by 50% in 5 years
4. To decrease school dropout to 20% till std10
5. To help students get access to higher education in mainline or technical courses for employment
6. To decrease hazardous use to alcohol to 30% by 5 years