VISION: The vision of CHIKITSA is to secure Health for All by ensuring access to quality and affordable primary health care.
MISSION: The mission of CHIKITSA is to provide quality and free community-based primary health care in underserved communities.
The Founder of ‘CHIKITSA’, General O.P. Malhotra was the 13th Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, from 1978 -1981. He has also served as the Ambassador of India to Indonesia and as the Governor of Punjab. He has previously been the President of the Asian Equestrian Federation, President of the Indian Equestrian Federation, Chairman of the Nehru Trust for the India Collections at the Victoria; Albert Museum, and Chairman of the National Association for the Blind.
People who cannot afford proper health care delay their treatment,leading sometimes to unfortunate results. Chikitsa was founded in 1999 as an NGO to address such concerns. It provides completely free community based primary health care (consultations and medicines) in underserved communities, charging only a one-time registration fee of Rs 10 towards a patient’s Medical History booklet. We currently provide our free services to about 100,000 patients annually. Our aim is to increase this number to 200,000 by 2020. We attempted a number of models before identifying the most effective one for tackling the health challenges of the needy in urban India. The unique feature of our operations is that we use locations provided to us free by local bodies or community organisations, thus vastly reducing our overhead costs and freeing up funds that can be used to treat more patients.
By providing free, quality primary healthcare, CHIKITSA helps reduce the burden on an already overcrowded and stressed government secondary and tertiary level public health system. Our free health services benefit residents of Sangam Vihar and Zakhira slum in Delhi, as also of Chakkarpur, Dundahera, Basai, Tigra, Wazirabad Slum and other villages in Gurgaon. We have also recently expanded our free health services at the Kali Mandir at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, and extended our satellite clinic facilities to serve construction labourers and their families at two locations in Manesar, Haryana. Moreover, in cooperation with Kiwanis Club of New Delhi, we provide free artificial limbs at our base clinic in Sector 40,Gurgaon.
CHIKITSA also earlier conducted a nutritional programme for underweight infants and expecting mothers at Zakhira slum in New Delhi and treated and cured over 700 tuberculosis patients in Delhi-NCR.
The main CHIKITSA Field Office is at our base clinic at Gurgaon Sector 40. We have been operating from there since 2008 as a Public-Private Partnership with the Haryana State Government. We would be happy to have you visit our main Field Office, which is immediately adjacent to the Sector 40 Police Station at Gurgaon.