Sangath is a non-government organisation committed to improving health across the life span by empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological and social therapies.

Mission statement

Sangath works to promote the good health – physical, psychological and social – of children, adolescents and families. Our primary areas of focus are child development, adolescent and youth health and mental health.

Summary of relevant work

At the heart of our vision is the reduction of the treatment gap for mental disorders and disabilities in India – the large gap between the number of people with mental disorders/disability and those who receive adequate health care. To reduce this treatment gap Sangath has adopted an approach which is characterised by several principles: 

  • Designing interventions based on global evidence of effectiveness and local evidence of cultural acceptability;
  • Systematically testing intervention delivery to ensure feasibility of its delivery by lay health workers and acceptability by patients and families;
  • Involving diverse stakeholders, in particular people affected by the target mental health problems, in shaping the content and delivery of the intervention;
  • Embedding the intervention in established health care platforms, most commonly those run by the government, to ensure scalability;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the intervention in randomized controlled trials;
  • Disseminating the findings in a variety of methods, ranging from scientific papers to audio-visual media; 
  • Working closely with federal and state ministries of health to scale up the innovations.

Using this approach Sangath has been able to successfully develop evidence based, contextually appropriate and scalable models of care for a range of health problems like depression, schizophrenia and autism.


Key partners: 

  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Multi-Agency International Training and Support, UK
  • IIPH, India
  • University of Liverpool, UK
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Ministry of Human Resources Development, India
  • Navodaya Vidhyalaya Samiti, India
  • Ritinjali, India
  • CEDPA, India
  • Department of Education, Government of Goa, India
  • Department of Education, Government of Bihar, India
  • Archdiocesan Board of Education, India
  • SCERT, Bihar, India
  • NIMHANS, India
  • Community Health Cell, India
  • Karuna Trust, India
  • Department of Health & Family Welfare, India
  • Basic Needs UK
  • Basic Needs India
  • GASS
  • Murgamalla, India
  • Samuha-Samarthya, India
  • Richmond Fellowship Society, India
  • Ashwini, India
  • Banyan, India
  • SCARF, India
  • Sneha, India
  • CHAD, India
  • Uduvam Ullangal, India
  • M S Chellamuthu Trust, India
  • T T K Ranganathan Trust, India
  • MHAT, India
  • Malappuram Initiative, India
  • SACRED, India
  • Ashagram, India
  • Maitra, India
  • Muktagana Mitra, India
  • Baput Trust, India
  • Dr Rakesh Chadda (AIIMS), India
  • Mission Ashra, India
  • Antara, India
  • Ashadeep, India
  • NBJK, India
  • Volunteers for Community Mental Health
  • RINPAS, India
  • Centre for Global Mental Health, UK
  • Prakriti, India
  • Watershed Organisation Trust, India
  • Lokpriya Gopinath Borodoloi Regional Institute of Mental Health, India
  • Parivartan, Pune & Satara, India
  • Regional Mental Hospital, Pune, India
  • MASK, India
  • Sonitpur Department of Horticulture, India
  • Pragati Women’s Association, India
  • University of Pittsburgh, US
  • Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, GMC, India 


  • ​Wellcome Trust (through the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK)
  • Grand Challenges Canada, Canada
  • ​Colorcon Asia
  • Innovgreen Disable Foundation Limited, Hong Kong
  • Autism Speaks, USA
  • John T and Catherine D MacArthur Foundation, USA
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), India
  • Department for International Development through the University of Capetown, South Africa
  • Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, India
  • Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • South Asia Network for Chronic Disease, India
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • National Institute of Mental Health, USA
  • Jamsetji Tata Trust, India
  • ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, Mumbai, India
  • Sesa Mining Corporation Limited, India
  • Rotary Club of Crossby, United Kingdom
  • CorStone California, United States
  • Dempo Mining Corporation, India
  • Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Society (North + South), India
  • National Trust, India
  • State Family Welfare Bureau, Directorate of Health Services, Goa, India
  • Bank of India, India
  • Rotary Club of Panaji Mid-Town, India
  • Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of Goa, India
  • Centre for Child Health & Nutrition, ICICI Foundation, India
  • University of Liverpool, UK
  • Sesa Mining Corporation Limited, India
  • Sesa Goa Limited, India
  • Sesa Resources Limited, India
  • Ronnie, Judy Coutinho and Friends of Southport, UK
  • Kings College London, UK


Empowerment and service user involvement
Prevention and promotion
Task sharing
Training, education and capacity building
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
All mental health conditions
Children and adolescents
Families and carers
Humanitarian and conflict health
Minority populations
Older adults

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