Mental health NGO wins UK government grant to develop autism care model

A non-governmental organization based in Goa and New Delhi has won a grant in partnership with the University of Manchester, UK, to design and evaluate an identification care model for young children with autism and their families in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The aim is to evaluate a flexible pathway that will support families of young children with autism through identification and intervention services through a program of research, training and capacity building across India, Sri Lanka and Nepal using healthcare workers.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) awarded the grant using UK aid from the UK Government, which supports health research worldwide.

Dr. Gauri Divan, Co-Principal Investigator at Sangath said, “This is the result of more than 10 years of systematic research in community care for autism that we have been doing at Sangath. We know that families continue to struggle to get a diagnosis and then access proven affordable care. We hope to leverage our experience working with ASHA workers in Delhi, who are delivering the PASS Plus intervention in families’ homes. This experience has given us confidence that we can implement it in South Asian districts…”

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