Families of children affected by intellectual and development disorders are trained to form an active, empowered group within the community to:
- Campaign to reduce stigma associated with the condition
- Work with community health workers (CHWs) to provide mhGAP interventions to the children
- Support each other through a “cascade model” in which more experienced families provide peer-supervision and training to newer ones
- Use electronic and mobile health technology to assist with detection of children with the conditions, for the training and supervision of family volunteers and to sustain the family networks (Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for screening, Avatar Assisted Cascade Training (ACT))
Family Networkers will be supported by governmental and charitable sectors in order to make the project viable and sustainable.