What we do at CHI


We are all delighted that Laurie sucessfully completed the marathon. We can still accept donations to congratulate him and support CHI.

Child Health International exists to improve healthcare for children, especially those with cystic fibrosis. We send volunteer clinical teams from the UK to anywhere in the world.

CHI is a charity based in Winchester UK, with a proven record of success in enhancing the healthcare of children in Russia, Eastern and Central Europe and a project to help children with Cystic Fibrosis in India.

'We used to help children die with dignity - now we help them to live'.

Quote from Russian doctor following a visit to his hospital by a UK medical team organised by Child Health International (CHI).

It is no exaggeration to say that such initiatives, some of which are described here, really can make the difference between death and life for children suffering from chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis (CF).

Children coping with chronic health problems in less developed countries often suffer and die unnecessarily or prematurely. Sometimes, the lack of both awareness of CF and of appropriate medical equipment hinders the early diagnosis of CF. This early diagnosis is so vital to the subsequent health, and life expectancy, of the affected child.

Since the intervention of CHI in the 1990s, children with CF in Russia have benefitted from the organisational changes in the delivery of care and improved skills of medical staff. There is now a network of 2 "Centres of Excellence" in Moscow and St Petersburg and 22 regional CF specialist centres. Parent Support Groups are more involved in the care of the children.

CHI helps to change the lives of these children and their families by creating a bridge to enable UK medical specialists and nurses to transfer their expertise to countries that can benefit from such help and support.


"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove.........

But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

CHI regrets it cannot help fund the treatment of individual cases. We have very limited resources to sustain our mission to support the efforts of others and to help educate and train. Funding the direct treatment of one individual would deplete these resources and so detract from our mission.

CHI needs extra help. Please volunteer as a CHI trustee, or as an event coordinator.

Latest news

New website: We are preparing a new website, and apologize that this one has become rather out of date. For recent news please see our latest newsletter, or visit us on Facebook. You can read about our current projects and recent visits, including collaborations with Russia, Latvia, Bulgaria and Moldova, and preparation of a nutrition booklet.

Marathon: Laurie Ridgway, grandson of our founders, ran the 2016 London Marathon on behalf of CHI. (picture left) All went well, click here for more details on our Facebook pages. Please support him by donating to CHI: CLICK HERE. 100% of the donation via that BT Donate site will be paid to CHI, and you can also gift aid the donation if appropriate.

Leaflets: We have a general  leaflet outlining CHI's work which can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Donate by CAF online

Donate by texting Chii11 £10 (two i's and two ones in Chii11) to 70070. You can text from any UK mobile. CHI will receive 100% of donations via this free service, which is provided by Vodaphone and Just Giving, and you can add gift aid if appropriate.

Donate by cheque or standing order: please complete this Standing Order and Gift Aid form and post to us at the given address.

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