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.


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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


Innovations and resources

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Healthy Activity Program (HAP)

The Healthy Activity Program is a lay-counsellor delivered treatment for severe depression.
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
3245 reads
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PRIDE (PRemIum for aDolEscents)

A personalized, stepped care, trans-diagnostic approach addressing the contextual factors associated with mental health problems through information technology.
Children and adolescents
All disorders
3281 reads
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Supporting Addiction Affected Families Effectively (SAFE)

Adaptation and testing of an evidence-based psychosocial intervention for family members affected by a relative's alcohol use, delivered by lay counsellors in a low resource setting.
Families and carers
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
977 reads
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CONTAD: A Community Orientated Non-Specialist Treatment for Alcohol Dependence

Increased coverage of alcohol dependence treatment through an alcohol detoxification and relapse prevention package delivered by lay health workers.
Alcohol/drug use disorders
796 reads