The World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank are co-hosting a meeting on April 13 and 14 at Washington DC, and Parivartan Trust has been invited to showcase its mental health work in the meet. The Parivartan Trust has been involved in working with highly disadvantaged people with mental health problems in Pune, Satara and Tezpur, and has developed considerable expertise in making paid work options available for individuals and family members through placements, collective work options and home-based work.
Dr Sudipto Chatterjee, principal investigator of the programme, said that the World Bank’s involvement and concern stems from the fact that people with mental health problems are often left behind and rendered invisible from developmental programmes causing a self perpetuating cycle of poverty and loss of human potential. The event would bring together global heads of both these organisations, a host of country representatives including from India, economists and mental health experts to discuss and decide on the way forward in meeting this challenge in the short and medium terms.
Dr Hamid Dabholkar, co-principal investigator of the programme, said that Parivartan Trust has been invited to present its work related to employment and financial inclusion of people recovering from mental disorders in the event within the ‘innovation fair’ that showcases the most promising programmes from across the world.