The project on “ Training of the staff and Health workers of member institutions was launched in the 15 dioceses of North East Region on the 1st of June 2010. On the 1st Phase of the Programme NECHA has undertaken 5 Diocese namely Diphu, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Guwahati, Shillong. The programme was implemented with the aim of developing the skills and Knowledge of the Staff and Health workers of Member Institutions, as to improve health care facilities in the Health Centre.

Activities of the programme are given below:-



Awareness on T.B., malaria, & HIV/ AIDS was organized in dioceses of Diphu, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Guwahati, and Shillong. Such awareness programmes were conducted in the remote areas where people are not aware of the Communicable and Vector borne Diseases. There were more than one thousand persons who participated in the programme. The rural people were happy to know the causes and the methods of prevention of illness.



Two days Seminar on Right to Information was organized in Diphu, Dibrugarh, and Kohima, Guwahati, and Shillong dioceses. In the Programme the people were made aware of RTI, its power, and its uses. There were more than 500 persons who attended the Seminar .Most participants were unaware of this new bill. They expressed their happiness of knowing about this new bill.



Two medical camps each were organized at Diphu, Dibrugarh, and Kohima, Guwahati, and Shillong dioceses. The common diseases found in the camps were malaria, diarrhea, and dysentery, and fever, lack of nutrition, worm infestation, cold and cough. There were more than 1000 beneficiaries of the camp. Serious cases were referred to the local PHC while other patients were given free medicines.



Three days training programme was held at NECHA from 20th to 22nd Nov 2010. 30 health workers from 5 dioceses participated in the training. The course gave the participants better understanding of how a T.B patient can be identified, and guided to undergo sputum test in the PHC’S and undergo medication free of cost from the Government. The resource persons were, Dr. Girish Singh, National coordinator, CBCI CARD Delhi, Dr. P.K. Adhikari, coordinator CBCI CARD North East, and Dr.Palash Talukdar, WHO Consultant.



Three days training, held at NECHA from 22nd to 24th Feb. 2011, was attended by 30 health workers of 5 dioceses. The resource persons were Dr. K. Barman, CM&HO (CD),Assam, Dr. P.K. Phukan, M&E Consultant, NVBDCP, Mr. R.N. Talukdar, Asst. DHS (Entomology), NVBDCP, Assam, Dr. K. Khound, SDM&HO.The training gave the participants the Knowledge of how malaria is caused, its symptoms and the need of suitable medication.



A training programme on HIV/AIDS, held at NECHA from 25 to 27 Feb 2011, had 30 health workers of Diphu, Kohima, and Shillong, as participants. Dr. S.I. Ahmed and Miss Sophia from AIDS Prevention Society, Guwahati, who explained to the participants about the causes of HIV/AIDS and how it can be prevented.


Three days of Seminar on HIV/AIDS, T.B. & Malaria was organized on 25th- 27th March 2011 at NECHA. The Animators of the training were Dr. G.C Singh, Dr. Swaroop Baruah, Dr. S.N. Goswami & Mrs. Arpana Barman. 35 persons participated in the Seminar from the Dioceses of Diphu, Shillong, Kohima, Guwahati and Dibrugarh. The Seminar was enlightening due to the clear presentation and free discussions about the Topic.



Integrated Rural Development was targeted on the empowerment of rural women who are 80% illiterate. 10 villages from Tangla Parish under the diocese of Tezpur were chosen for the programme. The various activities adopted for empowering rural women were the following:-
• 200 men and women of the targeted villages were enrolled in adult education.
• 300 children of the targeted villages were enrolled in the Baalwadi Schools.
• Cycles were distributed to the village supervisors.


5 Health camps were conducted for 10 villages and 1500 persons were given free consultation and medicines.

    Monthly motivation classes, awareness programme on Health, and Education were organized.

• 15 young persons were trained for IGP in Umran, RRTC and Goalpara Auxilium training centre.


NECHA had its AGBM on 2nd and 3rd September 2011 at Bakdil Training Centre Tura. The theme of the AGBM meeting was “Health Insurance”. The chief guest was Shri Sanjay Goyel, Deputy Commissioner of west Garo Hills, and the guests of honour were Most Rev John Moolachira, co-adjutantor Archbishop of Guwahati and Most. Rev Andrew Marak, Bishop of Tura and Rev. Dr. Tommy IMS, Director General of CHAI.




North Eastern community Health Association (NECHA) is the regional unit Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI). It was founded in August 1985 by Fr. K.C. George along with the Health Care Centre from Imphal and Dibrugarh. NECHA represents the seven states of North East India and has a membership of 275 Catholic Health Institutions spread over the 15 Dioceses of the region. Its services were rendered through the rural dispensaries run by the Member Institutions (MIs) in remote and inaccessible areas, and to well equipped hospitals. NECHA in collaboration with its member institutions has initiated various developmental programmes in the fields of Leadership building, Advocacy initiatives, Community health, Capacity building, Income Generating activities, Information dissemination and Documentation.

Right from the beginning, NECHA’s head office was at Imphal. Fr. K.C. George along with the few member Institutions worked hard to organize the health institutions and enable them to provide basic health care to the needy and neglected segment of the society. They formed village health committees and organized health programmes. Later NECHA office was shifted to Shillong for better communication and organization of the programmes for the entire region under the presidentship of Fr. K.C. George. The decision to shift the office to Guwahati was taken by the executive Board in 1991. NECHA started its office at Ganeshguri Guwahati in a rented Building. The office of NECHA was shifted to a rented house at Sixmile in 1992. NECHA acquired the existing land where the first building was built under the director, Rev.Fr. Kurian Joseph. The office cum training centre of NECHA was inaugurated on 5th December 2002 by Most Rev. Thomas Menaparampill, Arch Bishop of Guwahati in the presence of Rt. Rev Thomas Pulloppillil Bishop of Bongaigaon. With its own Office and training facilities, NECHA could organize programmes and activities involving all the diocesan units of the region. On 12th April 2010 NECHA completed the extension of the building, undertaken by Rev Fr. George Parackal, where a conference hall for 100 persons and accommodation for 30, people are available. NECHA’s present aim and effort is to bring community Health to the rural population of all states in North East Region.

Goal: NECHA strives to make community health a people’s initiative in the villages of North East India.
Mission: Empower the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable to take responsibility for themselves and the society through a process of community health.

“NECHA envisages a just and peaceful society where people enjoy life in its fullness.”


Fr. K.C. George
Fr. Thomas Meckalath
Sr. Barbara SCCG (1999-2002)
Sr. Elizabeth Edattukaran FMA
Sr. Maria BS
Sr. Martha
(SCCG -2007-2010)
Sr. Rose Alex MSMHC
Sr. Marina Abraham SCC
Fr. K.C. George
Fr. Kurian Joseph
Fr. Lazar Kakkassery
Fr. George Parachal
Fr. Paul Thettayil
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