The “Project Maanasi” is a mission to deliver mental health and primary care services to poor rural women and children in southern India. The goal of the program has been to provide low cost or free care to villagers, sustained outreach to those who cannot access the clinic, and educate patients and others about seeking care to improve their lives.
The Project sets out a number of cost-effective strategies to tackle the treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in rural southern India. These include: screening of women from villages for psychiatric treatment, bringing treatment near to their homes, bringing medicine and medical assistance to women with varying degrees of mental illness. The project relies on partnerships to scale up services with the objective of reducing the burden of mental, neurological and substance use disorders.
This long-term project was founded in 1999 by Rtn. Dr. Geetha Jayaram, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA. She pioneered this innovative concept of delivering quality mental health in rural India with a simplistic treatment practice involving health workers connected to the centrally located hub clinic “Maanasi Clinic”.
The first Maanasi Clinic at Mugalur village was started in November 2002 with Rotary Foundation matching grant programme, M.G#20594 of the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Club of Koramangala and Rotary Club Columbia, Maryland, USA.
“Project Maanasi” today is a successful reality as the result of a dedicated efforts and close partnership between Rtn. Dr. Geetha Jayaram, St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, and dedicated and sustained efforts by Rotary Club of Bangalore Midtown from 2004 onwards, along with the support from members Rotary Club of Howard West, USA,
The Project is running under the care of Department of Psychiatry and Community Medicine at the St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, who provide a dedicated team of doctors under the leadership and compassionate care of Dr.Ramakrishna Goud, and Dr. Pradeep Johnson of St. John's Medical College.
In the year 2002, the first “Maanasi Clinic” was established at Mugalur (as the Pilot Project), a tiny village 30 km outside Bangalore to provide integrated primary health care, depression, anxiety and other mental health care in the villages nearby. The center also serves as a center for all community services including a general health clinic, antenatal and postnatal care, childcare, services for the elderly, and for the blind and deaf. The center serves more than 30 villages as the nearest other medical care is 10 km away.
The “Maanasi Model” is currently being recognized by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) as one of the models for providing mental health care in developing nations.
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
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- Dr. Geetha Jayaram