The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a public private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and International academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. PHFI is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health. Structured as an independent foundation, PHFI adopts a broad, integrative approach to public health, tailoring its endeavors to Indian conditions and bearing relevance to countries facing similar challenges and concerns. The PHFI focuses on broad dimensions of public health that encompass promotive, preventive and therapeutic services, many of which are frequently lost sight during policy planning as well as in popular understanding. Honorable 14th Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, launched PHFI on 28th March, 2006 at New Delhi. PHFI recognizes the fact that meeting the shortfall of health professionals is imperative to a sustained and holistic response to the public health concerns in the country which in turn requires health care to be addressed not only from the scientific perspective of what works, but also from the social perspective of, who needs it the most.
Chellaram Diabetes Institute (CDI) is a unit of the Chellaram Foundation founded by Mr Lal L Chellaram. CDI is a not-for-profit organization based in Pune with the principal objective of creating lasting impact on Diabetes through research, education, awareness, high quality patient care and a rural outreach program. CDI is equipped with a state-of-the-art Diabetes Centre in Pune. The vision of CDI is to understand the cause of high prevalence of Diabetes among Indians, promote measures to prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes and thereby create a huge and lasting impact on Diabetes in India and also globally. Through clinical care and research, CDI hopes to make a mark in the field of other endocrine disorders like thyroid disorders as well. Dr. Unnikrishnan AG, CEO and Chief Endocrinologist at CDI, and his team have prepared the contents of the course. CDI will act as an academic partner for developing the course curriculum in collaboration with other partners.