AAPI Charitable Clinic MANDI

Health Camp-AAPI Charitable Clinic, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
March 17, 2014

The travel from USA to New Delhi is about eighteen hours however much easier in comparison to the onward journey to Mandi, that is in the Indian side of the Himalayan ranges. Our flight was booked from the USA to New Delhi and onwards to Kulu via a small propeller airplane only to find out that Air India had cancelled all flights to Kulu until April 15, 2014.

We had two options remaining, one to go via the road to Mandi which is an arduous, fatiguing and long journey or to fly to Dharamshala and have cars receive us at the airport to drive us to Mandi. Dharamshala is the Indian residence of his eminence the the Dalai Lama. We were fortunate to procure bookings on the flight to Dharamshala. We proceeded to Mandi via road transport which took us through treacherous mountain terrain, hair pin bends and a dizzy ride that gave motion sickness to most of us. Even though the weather was not very cooperative as it was rainy, wet and bone chilling cold, our determination to stay on course with our steadfast determination to provide medical service at the Health Camp of the AAPI Charitable Foundation prevailed.

The celebration for the twenty years of continued service that was arranged and orchestrated, was well attended. In the four days a team of physicians from the U. S. A counseled, treated and carried out second opinions for about three hundred patients and also provided medications, and non-invasive procedures at no cost to the patients.

Drs. Onaly and Chander Kapasi who are veterans of many such past health camps, this was a pleasing routine experience, but for Dr. Sajani Shah and Dr. Sameer Kapasi it was indeed a profound, exciting and an immensely gratifying experience.

The local committee & the Health Minister of Himachal Pradesh were very appreciative of AAPI-Charitable Foundation's contibutions. They thanked Dr. Jayesh Shah & the executive committee of AAPI & Dr. Nick Shroff & executive committee of Charitable Foundation and presented them with momentoes in absentia, which we carried with us to give them.

Please double click on the link to view a short video clip of the Health Camp. The narration is by Dr. Sajani Shah, co-chair, AAPI Academic Committee and President of Indian Medical Association of New England. This may give you a glimpse of the work done by the AAPI Charitable Foundation's Mandi Clinic.

Clinic was established in 1994 with the objective of providing:

Preventive Services, Social Services and Medical Services to poor and needy.

Services Provided:

Phase one: Ambulatory Primary Health Care to urban and rural population
Phase two: The supportive Services were added in the form of equipped laboratory Services, X Rays, ECG, and Nebulizer (Pulmonary Aid) in 1996.
Phase three: Physiotherapy and Acupuncture was added in the service in 2005 to provide better health care for disabled.



Address of the clinic:

Chobata Bazaar, Mandi, H.P. 175001

Contact Officer:

Prof. O.C. Malhotra
14/1/3 Padal
(Near Sidhbhadra Temple)
Mandi, H.P. 175001

AAPI Liaison

Chander M. Kapasi, M.D; M.P.H.
356 Parker Street, Newton, MA 02459
Tel # 617 965 5162
Email: chanderkapasi@hotmail.com

The clinic provides basic primary, preventive, basic lab, x-ray and educational services.
Medicines are free for poor patients.

Many specialty camps have been organized by specialists, like Orthopedic Health Camps, Comprehensive Pain Management, Nutritional and School Health. These camps have been very well received as you can see from the pictures and video.


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About Us

AAPI boasts of an enthusiastic membership of physicians of Indian origin across the United States. AAPI's charitable foundation (AAPI-CF) aims to serve the millions of people who could benefit from a good standard of medical services.Through the assistance and hard work of several dedicated and distinguished AAPI Physicians, the AAPI Charitable Foundation was established in 1992. Our Foundation was designed to provide an infrastructure support system for needy patients in India. Please help us to continue supporting our clinics by donating, volunteering, and spreading the word about our organization.

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  • 600 Enterprise Drive, Suite 108, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • (630) 990-2277
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