Apollo Hospitals is a major hospital chain based in Chennai, India. It was founded by Dr Prathap C. Reddy in 1983. Apollo is a private healthcare provider in Asia with hospitals in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Republic of Mauritius, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait . Apollo hospitals plan add 2,955 beds across India in the next three years. Several of the group's hospitals have been among the first in India to receive a form of international healthcare accreditation, in their case by the America-based Joint Commission International (JCI). The Hyderabad hospital, headed by Dr. K. Hari Prasad, (CEO - Central, Apollo Hospitals Group) was the first in the world, outside the US, to receive JCI's Disease or Condition Specific Care (DCSC) Certification in addition to general accreditation when it received this for its acute stroke treatment in 2006. However, they have not as yet acquired international accreditation from any hospital accreditation group from outside of the USA.