Action Plans
Comprehensive community mental health care initiative

"Project Maanasi" at Mugalur village has been successfully running for the last 13 years due to the dedicated and sustained efforts by the members of The Rotary Club of Bangalore Midtown and The Rotary Club of Howard West, Baltimore USA along with St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore. The time has come to replicate the "Maanasi Model" and share the experience gained at Mugalur to scale the project to other locations, and help millions of needy poor patients.

“Maanasi Clinic” at Mugalur village has been successfully running for the last 13 years, effectively treating thousands of patents in the area. Based on the success of the project, the “World Health Organization” (W.H.O) has selected “Project Maanasi” as a successful model for providing mental health care in low and middle income countries. It’s time to scale up the project and complement the efforts of the “National Mental Health Program” of Government of India by setting up more efficient and effective “Maanasi Clinics”.

Outlined below are the action plans:

  • To set up additional “Maanasi Clinics” (first with in India and later expand in other low income countries) to provide low cost mental health care and access to rural residents, particularly to women whose rates of depression and anxiety are double the rate in men and to children with mental disability. These clinics would be set up in collaboration with the partner Rotary clubs in that particular region and associated hospitals.
  • To educate and bring awareness among villagers about signs and symptoms of illness; to promote prevention and offer support, develop teaching modules for “Mahila Mandals” (Women Self- help Groups) in villages.
  • To provide integrated care by offering general medical and mental health care in the same location.
  • To provide outreach to improve outcomes and reduce relapse only to those unable to access care.
  • Leverage IT to improve efficiency of operations, and patient management by:
    • Introduction of IT solutions in-patient care provision such as reminders by text messages through cell phones.
    • Develop and Scale the e-Maanasi (Electronic Mental Health Management System) software application for connected patient care management.
    • Integrate smart phones and tablet computers with the e-Maanasi Application. These smart phones / tablets would be used by caseworkers / health workers at the field during their visit to remote villages.
    • Use of interactive video conferencing facility for remote diagnostics by specialist doctors with the “Maanasi Clinic” on every clinic day.
    • To improve self reliance among women by providing assistance in job placements in simple tasks within the villages.
    • To offer clean drinking water, snacks and restroom facilities for villagers who travel great distances to visit the clinic.

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Message from the Chairman,
Maanasi Committee

The “Maanasi Model” has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) as one of the models for providing effective mental health care in developing nations. Let's adopt this in our community , society and villages and help millions of of our needy patients.

- Ramesh Bulchandani

Project Maanasi Committee Team: Rotary Bangalore Midtown
  • Mr. Ramesh Bulchandani - Chairman RY 2016-17
  • Mr. Ajay Goel - Advisor
  • Mr. F R Singhvi
  • Mr. G S Bhaskar
  • Mr. Rajeev Sikka
  • Ms. Nishu Jouhari
  • Mr. Deepak Poddar
  • Mr. Jayanth M Pattanshetti
  • Mr. M C Agarwal
  • Mr. Varadu Seshamani
  • Mr. Prasad R V
  • Mr. Trinadh L
  • Mr. Varadan P
Message from
Dr. Geetha Jayaram

The humanitarian work of Rotary consists of three Cs:

  • a Cause or concern
  • a Critical solution or intervention
  • and a Credible team to execute the solution.
The Maanasi project is an example of such life giving work.

- Dr. Geetha Jayaram

Project Maanasi Committee Team: Rotary Howard West
  • Dr. Geetha Jayaram - Chair and Director
  • PDG Mr. Jayaram Kumar
  • Mr. Chuck Walsh - President