HEALTH BureauIndia hospital accreditation programme – National Accreditation Board for Hospital (NABH), run and managed by the Quality Council of India (QCI) will now serve globally. To start with, QCI will offer its services in Philippines shortly, plans to venture into Bangladesh and Nepal within next three months and follow it up with a foray into Sri Lanka. Subsequently, it plans to set its foot in the Middle Eastern countries, starting off with Dubai, talks for which have already started. For the same, NABH has set up a separate division internally within its overall structure to look after its overseas operation. “The vision to go global has been there for a while but the opportunity for the same was actualised only when hospital managements which already have NABH accreditation for their facilties in India started demanding accreditation for their overseas facilities as well” said Giridhar Gyani, secretary general, QCI and CEO, NABH. Gyani said the board was ready for competition from the American, Canadian and other international accreditation agencies which are already present there. Drawing comparison, a NABH estimate shows how cost competitive the Indian accreditation programme is. While a three year accreditation from joint commission international in Philippines costs close to $46,000, a comparable NABH accreditation costs a little over half that amount. NABH also sees African countries such as Kenya and Nigeria as logical future destinations, specially because many corporate Indian hospital chains are headed in that direction. In India, around 55 hospitals have formally received NABH accreditation while another 365 have applied for it.