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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.

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) & the Urban Health Collaborative Visiting Scholar at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Philadelphia, US 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, India Today Group and Forbes India currently.  Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Working Committee

Dr Neevan Dsouza

Admistrator & Chairperson, Working Committee

Vamsi Mohan

Senior Adviser, Corporate Affairs & Government Relations

Cynthia I


Prof. Nikesh Bharghava


Magnus Iroll Dsouza

Lead - Administration

Prof. Shalini Aiyappa

Internal Administration

Jeevandhar Shettigar

Internal Administration

Delma Coelho

Head - Special Projects and Administration


Inter District Co-ordinator

Dr. Niveditha

Neurology Consultant

Dr. Joylene Almeida

Internal Administration & OBG Consultant

Dr. Avinika Agarwal

Research Associate

Gautham Satheesh

Research Associate

Prof. Clarence

Program Manager

Dr. Sujatha Patil


Doreen Saldhana

Program Manager

Sai Darshan

Digital Marketing Expert

Prof. Lokesh

Internal Administration

Dr. M S Roshni

Research Associate

Dr. Glory Ghai

Research Associate

Robert L

Internal Administration

Jevince Pais

Internal Administration

EXPERT CommitteeS

Chiara Menchise

Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change

International Advisory Council

Dr. Arthur Frank

Chair, Emeritus, Drexel University, United States of America

Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite

Hon'ble Member of Parliament - Lisbon, Portugal

Ivana Haluskova Batler

ASEAN Advisor & Infectious Disease Expert, France

Dr. Vivek Jawali

Chair - Cardiovascular Division, Fortis Hospitals

Rohan Lawrence Menezes

Ex COO, Bank of America

Kiran Moras

Founder Director, Promptec LED Pvt Ltd.

Syed Muntasir Mamun

Said School of Business, Oxford University, UK & Diplomat, Bangladesh

Adil Firoze

Former GM, Engineers India Ltd.

Global Consultants

Dr. Avneet Randhawa

National Consultant, Epidemiology & Public Health

Adv. Akash Shah

Legal Counsel, Bombay High Court

Dr. Anuradha Mohapatra

Community Health Consultant

Dr. Rupali Patil

Medico Legal Consultant

Dr. Sanjay Kini

Community Health Consultant

Dr. Nameeth D'souza

Ophthalmology Consultant

Dr. Erel Diaz

Surgical Consultant

Prof. M K Unnikrishnan

Pharmaceuticals Consultant

Adv. Nivedita Mullerpattan

Legal Counsel, Bombay High Court

CHD Country Representatives

Chandra Hada

Country Representative - Nepal

Irphan Sheikh

Country Representative - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Irene Pillas

Country Representative - Philippines

Dr. Fatima Rezaei

Country Representative - Republic of Iran