An outreach center of the Spandan institute is operational in the slum areas of Mumbai city. The center was established in Ramabai Nagar to provide services for the downtrodden population residing in slum areas. Over the period, the center has extended its services from providing general health services to looking towards mental health issues. Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar and Kamaraj Nagar is home to around 2.5 lakh people, the majority of who are living below the poverty line. It provides ground for various social activities and children may have a high propensity for criminal behaviors. These behaviors highly correlate with poor scholastic performance. A project is initiated by the Spandan institute to identify children with disruptive behaviors and treat them holistically.

 An informative awareness workshop about the project activities for teachers and parents was conducted at one of the BMC school in Ramabai Nagar.  Teachers were trained to rate on screening questionnaires for disruptive behaviors in children of age a group 9-16 years. Out of 466 children, 101 children showing a great propensity towards conduct issues or criminal behavior and need further investigation and holistic intervention. The project is an ongoing activity of the institute.

Spandan’s Free Medical –Educational Camp for Children.

On the auspicious day of Gurpournima, M.B, Barvalia Foundation’s Spandan Holistic Institute celebrated its 16th anniversary on 12th July in a different way by conducting the 39th Free Medical Educational camp for children with Mental Health problems, Developmental Disabilities, and Neurological disorders at M.B, Barvalia Foundation’s Spandan special school B.M.C. School no 3 Ground Floor Pant Nagar Ghatkopar (E), Mumbai.

Camp elicited a very good response.150 patients suffering from Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down’s syndrome, learning disorders were examined by a multidisciplinary team.

The principal of municipal schools, Mr. T.L.Roy, Mr.P.Y.Yadav, (Pant Nagar, BMC School No 3) Mrs. Vidya Chaware ( Rambar Ambedkar Nagar, B.M.C. School No. 1) was also felicitated for help in screening 3000 children from their school during SPANDAN’s public health initiative project during 2008 to 2011.  

Mr. Sandeep Jain from MEK Peripherals, Mr. Chintan Shah from KPMG advisory services, Mr. Sudhindra Kulkarni- President of Observer Research Foundation, Mr. Ketan Doshi – Trustee of parasdham Graced the occasion.

The camp was conducted under the guidance of SPANDAN’s chairman Dr. Praful Barvalia and was coordinated by Dr. Rahul Suryavanshi.