Indian Development Foundation (IDF) announces Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2016 to Dr. Sarada Menon, Founder, SCARF for her excellent contributions in mental health care and humanitarian services. 25-10-2016 @ MSSRF, Chennai. All are cordially invited.
Know more about the 93 young Dr. Sarada Menon
History of psychiatry in India cannot be written without hailing Dr Sarada Menon’s contributions. One of India’s most distinguished specialists in psychiatry, Dr Sarada has been honoured with many awards including the Padmabhushan and four lifetime achievement awards.
The latest honour is the Avvaiyar Award instituted by the Tamil Nadu government.
Born in Mangalore on 5 April 1923, Dr Sarada moved to Chennai when her father, a judge, was posted here. She finished MBBS in 1947 from Madras Medical College and completed training in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh. She joined the Madras Medical Service in 1951. Within a couple of years, she completed MD and in 1957, she completed a two-year specialisation course in psychiatry at NIMHANS, Bangalore, graduating as the first woman psychiatrist in India.
Dr Sarada served the Institute of Mental Health for 17 years where she introduced many reforms. She is also the founder of SCARF — Schizophrenia Care and Research Foundation in 1984 for the aftercare and rehabilitation of people with mental illness.