Rebekah Young/Dr Nathan Grills

  1. Ms Rebekah Young, Final year medical student, The University of Melbourne

and Dr Nathan Grills, Public Health Physician, Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne

A mid-term process evaluation of community mobilisation through Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in North India.

Since 2007, the Nossal Institute has supported the development of the Uttarakhand Cluster which is a network of community health programs, largely made up of faith based organisations in North India. The Uttarakhand Cluster has a strong focus on disability, which it calls Samvedna. Recently the Cluster has started a program to promote DPO formation in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the cluster. The aim of this study was to assess and understand the contextual factors and underlying mechanisms that contribute to the formation and functioning of DPOs/DPGs in North India. The project was designed to look at the process of DPO formation and functioning in order to develop theories about what works (and what doesn’t) and how and why it works.