Our Historical Story
CHD Group was founded in 2014 by Dr. Edmond Fernandes, a Community Health Physician. He started the organization based on his calling to leave the world better than how he found it. The originating name was Center for Health and Development ( CHD) however, in the years since, it has come to be popularly known across the country and around the world as CHD Group. CHD Group started with one man’s vision; today it has become sort of an infectious movement pulling together people from across ranks and files, those with heart in humanity and mind in development.
It is among the rare global institutions to have its Headquarters in a non-metro city based in Mangalore, Karnataka in India but serving humanity across countries.
The spirit that propels this work forward is the mission to create a world where the young and the young at heart will receive accessible and affordable healthcare in our lifetime. Sustainable Development Goals means nothing to the last mile person on the ground. That is where CHD Group shadows and delivers, decides and champions their cause, making it our own.
With new innovative models of service and strategic intelligence, CHD Group collaborates with visionary companies, Governments and civil society to realize the dream of a billion beats planet.
Dr. Edmond FernandesFounder & CEO
About the founder
Dr. Edmond Fernandes, MBBS, MD, PGD-PHSM is a Community Health Physician with global health expertise who has written 2 books, has 19 research publications, 17 public policy advocacy impacting 2 million people and written over 160 articles in the print and electronic media. He is a Non Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Washington DC. He was the US State Department Legislative Fellow 2017 (Only doctor from India to be selected in 2017) and is Member – Health Task Force, DDMA, Government of Karnataka. When he published his first book at the age of 21, popular media houses labelled him as Mangalore’s Youngest Author then.
He travels around the world delivering key-note addresses and as resource person for different events in healthcare and is an external consultant to the United Nations Agencies from time to time. He writes articles for The Times of India and DNA currently.