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.
Welcome to SAA!
In connection with the World Schizophrenia Day, SAA will hold a public meeting on Sunday, the 24th May 2015 at 4:30 PM at Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Pudumjee Hall, Ground Floor Tilak Road, Pune. The distinguished psychiatrist Dr. Harish Shetty from Mumbai will deliver the Aditya Pendse Memorial lecture on “Human Rights of Persons with Mental Illness”. Mrs. Meera Badve, The Founder and Director of Niwant Andh Mukta Vikasalay, Pune will chair the function and will speak on “Human Rights of Disabled Persons”. The programme also includes a lecture on “Human Rights of Persons with Mental Illness: Q.R. Project, Gujarat” by the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Soumitra Pathare from Pune.All are invited to attend.
For any further information, please contact:
Maya Patwardhan 64700920, 9850822488