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Public Meeting on 24th May 2017

SAA organizes every year on 24th May, the World Schizophrenia Awareness Day, a Public Meeting to create public awareness about schizophrenia and related mental disorders. The main feature of the Public Meeting is Late Aditya Pendse Memorial Lecture delivered by a distinguished personality who has contributed significantly in the field of mental health. Late Aditya Pendse, in whose memory the lecture is delivered every year on this occassion, suffered from schizophrenia till the unfortunate end of his life. His sister Vandana also suffered from schizophrenia and died an unnatural death along with her baby daughter.

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SAA- Fulfilment of a Visionary’s Dream

Dr Jagannath Wani, a Canada based NRI and a caregiver of a family member suffering from schizophrenia, was instrumental in formation of a caregivers’ organisation, the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (SSA), in the Province of Alberta in Canada in 1980. Encouraged by the effective work of SSA for persons suffering from Schizophrenia and their families, Dr Wani wanted to form a similar body in Maharashtra, the state of his birth in India, where the need to provide such help was much more pronounced. Dr Wani’s initiative paid off and Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) was incorporated in Pune on the 18th December 1997 and later registered as a public trust on the 18th February 1998.

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