+ 91 – 44 – 2615 3971, 2615 1073 iconsofscarf@scarfindia.org IConS Plenary IConS Symposium

The Fourth Dr Sarada Menon Oration

25th August 2022 - 6.15 PM

Oye Gureje, NNMA, FAS


In 2018, we had initiated the Dr Sarada Menon Oration to honour Padma Bhushan, late Dr M Sarada Menon -Founder of the Schizophrenia Research Foundation. One of the very early women psychiatrists in India, she has been instrumental in the bringing visibility to Psychosocial Rehabilitation for persons with Serious Mental illness. Extensively involving families of persons with serious mental illnesses and the local community, she gave a new meaning to the concept of resource mobilization. Starting SCARF with many likeminded individuals 34 years ago, her vision was to advance research in the field of schizophrenia and feed this back into the medical and psychosocial management. Promoting awareness on mental health and illnesses was her approach to involve the local community to re-integrate mentally ill patients into the society.

A committed and passionate teacher, she has continued to mould mental health professions over several generations. In her mid-nineties, she still updates herself with the advancements in the field of Psychiatry.

As a tribute to the immense contributions of Dr Sarada Menon to the field of mental health, Prof. Oye Gureje, University of Ibadan, Nigeria will deliver the Dr Sarada Menon Oration.

Prof. Oye Gureje is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neurosciences, Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the institution. He has been active in global mental health for over two decades with leadership roles in several collaborative studies in epidemiology, randomized controlled trials and health system strengthening.

Contextual response to psychosis - developing an integrated care for a syndemic

Globally, psychosis is a major cause of disease burden for affected persons, their families, and the society. However, important contextual differences exist in the pattern of the burden and the help seeking behaviour of people living with psychosis and their families. Thus, even though physical comorbidity is a common reason for the reduced life expectancy that is associated with psychosis, the profile of comorbidity in low- and middle-income countries may reflect interactions between psychopathology and prevailing social and economic adversities. Also, the care needs of affected persons may in part be shaped by cultural expectations that are not entirely determined by objective effectiveness of interventions. It is therefore important that efforts to deliver services that meet the needs of persons living with psychosis must be informed by a consideration of the context in which the condition occurs.

About Oye Gureje

Oye Gureje is Professor of Psychiatry and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Mental Health, Neurosciences and Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan. He is Chair of the Mental Health Action Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health and a member of the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19. Among many other previous roles, he was a member of the WHO International Advisory Group for ICD Revision and chaired the Work Groups on Somatic Distress and Dissociative Disorders as well as of Cultural Guidance for ICD-11. He has also been a Board Member of the World Psychiatric Association, Chair of the Task Force on Brain Drain, as well as serving in other leadership roles, including currently as a member of the Action Working Group on Comorbidity. His main research interests are in epidemiology and global mental health. He has conducted large scale community-based surveys, large randomized controlled trials, implementation research and research on health system strengthening with grant supports from the Welcome Trust, MRC (UK), EU, AusAid, Grand Challenges Canada, IDRC and the NIMH, among others. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers, monographs, book chapters, and has co-edited 3 books and has, for several years, been listed among the global highly cited researchers by Clarivate Analytics. A recipient of many awards, he is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Medicine, and a laureate of the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the country’s highest honor for academic achievement.


Our Address

#R/7A North Main Road, Anna Nagar (West Extn.), Chennai 600 101, India

Call Us

+ (91) 44-2615 1073
+ (91) 44-2615 3971