Council of Christian Hospitals

Council of Christian Hospitals
Council of Christian Hospitals
Established 1973
Type Regulatory body in India for the medical mission of the Canadian Baptist Mission.
President Dr. Sukant Singh (Chairperson)
Location Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India
17°07′34″N 82°15′17″E / 17.12615°N 82.25469°E / 17.12615; 82.25469 (Christian Medical Centre Hospital)
Affiliations Christian Medical Association of India, New Delhi, Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore

Council of Christian Hospitals (COCH) is the body looking after the four hospitals and the nursing school established by the Canadian Baptist Mission in Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) and Orissa (OR) India.

The registered office of COCH is located in Christian Medical Centre, Pithapuram, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India.

List of Chairpersonships
  • Dr. K. K. Susheela[1].
  • Dr. Dorothy E. Timpany
  • Rev. Dr. D. V. Daniel
  • Dr. Ben Elisha
  • Dr. Sukant Singh
  • Dr. Sushil Pakyanadhan
  • Dr. Sukant Singh



The Canadian Baptist Ministries was involved in spreading the Gospel in the northern coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh.[2] By 1874, it began sending Missionaries to India.[3] Apart from Church-related ministries of evangelism and leadership training, there was also the development ministries that included aiding people in agricultural, health and educational development.[4]

Medical missions formed part of the development ministries. In the later half of the nineteenth century, the Missionaries entrusted leadership to their co-partners, the Indians, resulting in the formation of the Convention of Baptist Churches of Northern Circars (CBCNC) which had also Educational, Theological, and Medical Committees. However, it was felt that the Medical Committee be freed from CBCNC and an independent Council for Medical Missions be formed. Hence in 1973,[3] the COCH was formed to take forward the medical ministry of the Canadian Baptist Ministries.

Participating Hospitals/School


Office bearers

Current Office bearers

Dr. Sukant Singh is the current Chairperson of the Council of Christian Hospitals.
  • Chairperson - Dr Sukant Singh
  • Vice-chairperson - Dr V. Hymavathi
  • Secretary - Rev. G. Babu Rao[22][23]
  • Treasurer - Mr M. David K. Sarma[22][24][25]


The Council of the COCH meets once in a year. It has representatives from the four hospitals and nursing school. The Council discusses and makes decisions about policies, budgets and other activities affecting its Hospitals and Nursing School[4]


Apart from the Canadian Baptist Ministries, the Hospitals and Nursing School of the COCH are partly funded by the following institutions:

  • Christoffel Blinden Mission [26]
  • Hans Herter Indien Hilfe [27]
  • Government of Andhra Pradesh [28] - National Blindness Control Programme

See also


  1. ^ Manorama Fritschi (Ed.), Council of Christian Hospitals, Pithapuram, 1977. Manorama Fritschi was the wife of Dr. Ernest Paul Fritschi who was the earlier Director of Schieffelin Institute of Health, Research and Leprosy Centre, Karigiri, India. Internet, accessed 26 October 2008. [1]
  2. ^ Martin Senftleben, Influences of Hinduism on Christianity in Andhra Pradesh. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, 1992. [2] (PDF).
  3. ^ a b Ibid.
  4. ^ a b Manorama Fritschi, op. cit.
  5. ^ a b c Christian Medical Association of India [3] Institutional Members. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  6. ^ Web India 123 [4] Institutes in India - Paramedical. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  7. ^ Education for India [5] Institutions - Community Health Workers Course. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  8. ^ Christoffel Blinden Mission [6] International Projects. Retrieved April 23, 2006.[dead link]
  9. ^ Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs [7] List of Associations. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  10. ^ Christoffel Blinden Mission [8] International Projects. Retrieved April 23, 2006.[dead link]
  11. ^ Indian NGOs [9]. Retrieved April 23, 2006.[dead link]
  12. ^ Rotary International District 6400 [10] Rotary Cataract Surgeries Information. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  13. ^ Christoffel Blinden Mission [11] International Projects. Retrieved April 23, 2006.[dead link]
  14. ^ Kodaikanal School and Community Photos [12] Kodaikanal International School and Outreach Ministries to the Community. Retrieved April 23, 2006.[dead link]
  15. ^ Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs [13] List of Associations. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  16. ^ Vision 2020 - The Right to Sight India [14] List of Award winners. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  17. ^ Hospitals Directory [15] Recognised Nursing Schools in India. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  18. ^ Scholarships in India [16] Recognised Nursing Schools in India. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  19. ^ Christian Nurses Malayale Association World [17] Nursing Colleges in India. Retrieved April 23, 2006.[dead link]
  20. ^ Institutional Membership - Andhra Pradesh
  21. ^ List Of Accredited Christian Churches And Organisations
  22. ^ a b Christian Medical College, Vellore [18] List of Accredited Christian Churches and Organisations. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
  23. ^ "Baburao & Ratnavathi Baburao - India". Canadian Baptist Ministries. Archived from the original on 2007-03-12.;12;;1. Retrieved 26 Sept 2008. 
  24. ^ Global Field Staff: David Sarma, Canadian Baptist Ministries. Retrieved on 26 Sept, 2008.
  25. ^ "Tsunami stories - Stories of Relief". Canadian Baptist Ministries. Archived from the original on 2007-03-12. Retrieved 26 Sept 2008. 
  26. ^
  27. ^ EBM INTERNATIONAL; Europäische Baptistische Mission: helping churches to fulfil God’s mission in the world.: Home
  28. ^ Welcome to, the official portal of Govt. of A P
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