Foundation for Research in Community Health

The Foundation for Research in Community Health (FRCH) was established in 1975 as a Public Trust in the field of health care. It is recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). FRCH works to evolve, support and promote alternate models of health and medical care that are in keeping with the social, economic and cultural realities and can be implemented widely. The work of FRCH encompasses different areas ranging from the costing of health care, operational, social and biomedical research related to TB control; drug use and its availability and accessibility related studies on TB, leprosy and emergency obstetric care services etc. With its sister organization, Foundation for Medical Research (FMR) in Mumbai (having advanced laboratory facilities), FRCH has undertaken various research projects related to studies on molecular epidemiology of TB and leprosy and medicinal plants for treating diarrhoeal diseases. Major agencies from where FRCH received funding include The Wellcome Trust UK, IDRC Canada, Ford Foundation USA, World Health Organization, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, HIVOS, Netherlands and Indian Council of Social Science Research etc. FRCH has an accredited Resource and Training Centre at Parinche in rural Maharashtra, for training women community health workers across the country. Its field experiments in the State of Maharashtra and 7 other States of the country also inspired by the 1981 ICSSR/ICMR Report entitled “Health For All: An Alternate Strategy”, are yielding an  evolving model for a Community Health Care System (CHCS). The CHCS model is replicable and it has also been successfully put into operation in different parts of Western Maharashtra, Orissa, Jharkhand and Gujarat.