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Include is a mental health cooperation that aims to test and apply solutions that demonstrate potential for sustainable impact in addressing challenges in mental health with a focus on the most marginalised in the society. Dr Soumitra Pathare, coordinator, Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, ILS, said that they were planning to launch an international collaboration between VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Indian Law Society (ILS, Pune), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai) and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM, Chennai). The formal inauguration ceremony will take place on December 9 at 1pm at ILS, Pune. The two-day launch marks the inauguration of the INCLUDEprogramme (India Netherlands Collaboration on Mental Health Innovations in Under-Served Settings), an international collaboration strengthening Dutch-Indian relations and research/training capacity. The inauguration of this collaboration comes at a pertinent time in light of the
ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as International Human Rights Day on December 10, Pathare added.
A team of Indian eye surgeons, including Dr Parikshit Gogate from Pune, Dr T P Lahane, Dean, J J Hospital, Mumbai, Professor Anil Kulkarni from Miraj Medical College and Dr Ragini Parikh from Mumbai, participated in the American Academy of Ophthalmology's meet at Chicago for teaching surgical skills recently. They have been teaching manual small incision cataract surgery to American and Latin American surgeons. Around 300 eye surgeons from USA, Mexico and other central and South American countries attended the course. Cataract has become a specialised surgery in which patients expect the best outcome, but at an affordable cost. Manual small incision surgery relies heavily on the surgeon's experience and hence the emphasis is on providing the best care with rapid recovery rate, Gogate said.