Meaningful Social Access for the Persons with Mental Health Needs (MAP) Project

Day Center for Mental Health: It is apparent that there is a growing need for mental health services in Bangladesh. With the hospital providing inpatient services and outpatient clinics but no rehabilitation focused care to support those in transition from hospital to home, a day center for people with mental health needs and their caregivers is essential for community integration. CRP established a day center with the support of Kadoorie Charitable Foundation (KCF) with the name The “Occupational Therapy Day Centre for People with Mental Health Needs” which is located at CRP-Ganakbari, Sreepure, Ashulia, Savar, Dhaka.

This is a three years and sixmonths’ project starting from March 2018 to August 2021.The day center provides services in Multi-Disciplinary team approach. Persons with mental health needs who lost their abilities of daily living due to illness are supported to start afresh. This day centre facility helps to eliminate some of the barriers and help to reduce stigma and regain skills for daily living. We involve the clients in several meaningful and motivational activities around the clock. After the successful completion of their rehabilitation we follow them up by phone call and sometimes visit their homes.

Objectives: -

  1. To establish a day care centre to promote the role of Occupational Therapy and rehabilitation in the provision of mental health care.
  2. To assess and identify occupational needs, provide individual and group interventions which will enable individuals to reach their potential through incorporating the rehabilitation of approximate 340 clients including 100 clients leading independent and productive life.
  3. To establish the concept of day centre for mental health care in Bangladesh, this is likely to be followedby other service providers.


Services: -

  1. Psychiatric Consultation (Part time, only on Thursday in a week)
  2. Psychosocial Counselling (Two days in a week, Saturday and Wednesday)
  3. Occupational Therapy (Each and every day in a week except Friday and government holiday)

Facilities: -

  1. Treatment
  2. Transport
  3. Food
  4. Accommodation
  5. Vocational training
  6. Rehabilitation

Referral Criteria: -

  1. Adult with mental health illness (18-50 years)
  2. Client is medically stable

Professionals: -

  1. Dr. Md Jahangir Hossain (Psychiatric Consultant)
  2. Razia Sultana (Clinical Occupational Therapist)
  3. Md Rabiul Hasan (Clinical Occupational Therapist)
  4. Omme Halima (Clinical Occupational Therapist)
  5. Rumana Haque (Clinical Psychologist)


Example of daily routine at a glance…

(From Saturday to Wednesday)





Welcome session


Sensory Modulation Group/Individual session




Gardening/Sports/Workshop activities/Individual session


Self-care time




Rest time


Group session/Individual session


Recreational time & Ending session