Sangath is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation committed to improving health across the lifespan by empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological and social therapies. Established in 1996, Sangath has been developing and evaluating mental health interventions to be delivered through existing public systems for over 25 years. We aim to develop innovative interventions that are both affordable and effective, to ultimately scale up through sustainable health systems. 

We contribute to public health through path-breaking community research and intervention programmes that strive to address the pressing mental health gap within the country. We’ve pioneered a task-shifting strategy that incorporates relatively low-cost human resources, by empowering ordinary people and community health workers, to deliver mental healthcare with appropriate training and supervision from experts. 


Sangath was named the 2016 WHO Public Health Champion of India and awarded the 2008 MacArthur Foundation International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions. Sangath’s research has been cited in 4 recent Lancet series (child development, mental health, adolescent health, universal health care in India) and two World Health Reports (2001 and 2005) as well as influencing research groups and health policy in India, Nepal, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ethiopia and South Africa. 


We are excited to host the 2020 INEBRIA conference and set new directions for brief interventions.

International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs (INEBRIA), is an international network of researchers, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders interested in the potential of brief interventions in health and other settings to reduce the harms due to alcohol and other drug use. It aims to provide global leadership in the development, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based practice in the area of early identification and brief intervention for hazardous and harmful substance use.

INEBRIA was originally formed in 2004 following the end of the WHO Collaborative Project on Identification and Management of Alcohol-related Problems in Primary Health Care. At the Annual General Meeting in 2011, it was resolved to expand the network to include brief interventions for other psychoactive substances besides alcohol. The annual scientific conference is the key event for the network. We have held sixteen annual conferences in the following cities: Barcelona, Spain (2004), Mϋnster, Germany (2005), Lisbon, Portugal (2006), Brussels, Belgium (2007), Ribeirao Preto, Brazil (2008), Gateshead, UK (2009), Gothenburg, Sweden (2010), Boston, USA (2011), Barcelona, Spain (2012), Roma, Italy (2013), Warsaw, Poland (2014), Atlanta, USA (2015), Lausanne, Switzerland (2016), New York (2017), Santiago, Chile (2018), and Hamburg, Germany (2019).

The Generalitat of Catalonia (GENCAT) is the institutional system which forms the basis of the Catalonian government. It is headquartered in the Palau de la Generalitat, Barcelona. The primary governmental institution of health in the region is the Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT).  

Established by the Public Health Agency in 1989, the Program on Substance Abuse aims to prevent ill-health in relation to substance abuse and addiction. And since 2005, the Program on Substance Abuse has guided the Master Plan on Mental Health and Addictions, and has been responsible for promoting the prevention of alcohol-and-drug abuse in the regional level, as well as the promotion of better mental health in Catalonia. The Program supports the development of regional policies such as the National Strategy on Drug Prevention, and aims to provide relevant information to the Government of Catalonia to design, manage, and implement prevention programs in addiction, substance abuse and mental health. 

Since its inception, the Program on Substance Use has done ground-breaking work in implementing preventative substance abuse initiatives, such as educational programmes in schools aimed at enhancing risk perception among school students. 

Conference Venue: 
Novotel Goa Resort And Spa

Pinto Waddo, Off Candolim Rd, Bardez, Candolim,

Goa 403515

Setting new directions for brief interventions

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