RUPCHA is one of the largest and active Regional Units of CHAI. Its operational area spreads out into the whole of India with special focus on the 8 large and small northern states and one union territory (i.e. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand & Chandigarh).
The Ecclesiastical Division including 2 Arch Dioceses – Agra and Delhi – and 16 Dioceses such as Ajmer, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bijnor, Faridabad, Gorakhpur, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Jammu-Srinagar, Jhansi, Lucknow, Meerut, Simla–Chandigarh, Varanasi and Udaipur.
Thus it caters to the needs of one-third of the total geographic area and population of India. RUPCHA consists of 262 member institutions which can be categorized under Hospitals, Health Centers, Dispensaries & Social Service Societies. They target the poorer sections of people both in the rural and urban sectors. Consequently 80% of them are rural dispensaries located in very remote areas. Its members provide access to primary health care in areas where no other agency provides PHC, not even the Government. The members taken together, collectively own healthcare facilities of all sizes (small, medium and large) as well as PHCs to super specialty institutions. All the members are committed to the cause of community health and community empowerment. The focused groups that come under the direct intervention of the MIs of Rupcha are the women and children of the poor and marginalized people.
We have been making all possible efforts to promote the Community Health Process based activities through our field partners for the last two decades.
In making the above efforts, RUPCHA was consistently guided by the commonly accepted concept of community health, defined as, ‘A process of enabling people to attain and maintain health’, understood as ‘total well-being’ by themselves and demand health as a right.