Welcome to Voluntary Health Accociation of India
Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) is a non-profit, registered society formed in the year 1970. It is a federation of 27 State Voluntary Health Associations, linking together more than 4500 health and development institutions across the country.We are one of the largest health and development networks in the world.
VHAI advocates people-centered policies for dynamic health planning and programme management in India. We initiate and support innovative health and development programmers at the grassroots with the active participation of the people.
VHAI strives to build up a strong health movement in the country for a cost-effective , preventive , promotive and rehabilitative health care system. We work towards a responsive public health sector and responsible private sector with accountability and quality service.
Thanks for your all support in Relief and Rehabilitation work for J&K Flood Victims
The devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir in September 2014 brought life to a standstill. Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas received heavy rainfall, during last stage of monsoon in India. This triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses in Jammu and Kashmir. Flood affected almost all 10 districts in Jammu region. Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall damaged roads, dozens of bridges, buildings and crops. Vehicular traffic was stopped on the Jammu-Pathankot highway.
Several thousand villages across the state have been hit and 350 villages were submerged. The areas affected by flood were districts in South Kashmir - Anantnag, Sopore, Pulwama, Baramulla, & Budgam and Srinagar the worst hit capital city. River Jhelum breached embankments, hitting the capital city of Srinagar terribly. Large parts of the city were under water, without electricity and phone services.
The Chief Executive, VHAI was a member of the Expert Committee set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to review COTPA, 2003 and suggest crucial amendments. The Committee members made several key recommendations on all the key provisions of the tobacco control law, which included smoke free, pack warnings, prohibition on direct and indirect tobacco advertising, ban on sale to and by minors, constituents and emissions, extending the legal age of sale of tobacco to 25 years, ban on sale of single/loose cigarettes and setting up a National Tobacco Regulatory Authority to regulate and monitor the implementation of the law.
All the Committee recommendations were the basis of a Cabinet Note which was circulated and is expected to be tabled during the next Parliament session.
MoHFW has also now put up the Cigarettes and other Tobacco products (Prohibition of advertisement and Regulations of trade and Commerce, Productions, Supply and Distribution Amendment) Bill,2015 (COTPA) amendment bill on the public domain and as part of pre-legislative suggestions, with a view to elicit the comments/views of the stakeholders including the general public on this.The comments/view has to be forwarded to Under Secretary, tobacco control, department of health and family welfare by 15 February, 2014.