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Canada Gov. Gen. to visit Dasra

Posted on Feb 26 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Feb 25 : The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and his wife Sharon Johnston are on a state visit to India from Feb 22 to March 2.

While in Mumbai, Sharon Johnston will meet with women leaders from the private and public sectors, civil society and academia as well as visit Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation co-founded and co-managed by Indo-Canadian, Neera Nundy.

During her visit, Dasra will host a roundtable conference and facilitate a conversation with NGOs that work in the mental health space.

Representatives from organizations such as 'Ummeed', a child development center and Manav Foundation will present their work on mental health and share their experience, learning and challenges.

Neera Nundy, Partner and Co-Founder, Dasra said, "We are delighted to be hosting Her Excellency Sharon Johnston. Mental health treatment most often cannot be afforded by everyone in a country like India."

Nundy said, "This is where nonprofit organizations play a key role where through a mix of community health workers and physicians staffed by the nonprofit, who reach the hard-to-get areas, where effective social support is provided to mentally ill patients."

She added, "With our network and past experience of working with various non-profits, we are glad to present to Her Excellency different organizations and showcase their approaches towards mental disorders focusing mainly towards marginalized communities."

Dasra's reach and experience across the social sector space through their due-diligence, research and capacity building process provides a holistic understanding of the mental space sector.

Dasra would leverage their knowledge and expertise from the social sector and share best practices and social change mechanisms that address this issue in particular.

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