SPYM, India

Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM)

Established in 1986, SPYM operates throughout all of India in the areas of community mobilization and health care and socio-economic development. The organization provides residential and outpatient treatment services for youth and adults with substance use disorders, programmes aimed at reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS, and housing and support programmes for the homeless.

Pardabagh Centre

In Delhi, the Pardabagh Centre is dedicated to changing girls’ lives through empowering education – photo: SPYM, all rights reserved

Since its inception, SPYM has been dedicated to reaching out to the most disadvantaged sections of Indian society, with a strong focus on community mobilization, health care and socio-economic development.

Programmes and Activities 2018

  • Addiction treatment and rehabilitation services for juvenile offenders
  • Mental health facilities for children
  • Programmes for the homeless (shelter and housing, health care, food programme)
  • Interventions targeting injecting drug users to reduce impact of HIV/AIDS
  • Reception, housing, rehabilitation, medical assistance, non-formal education, sports and vocational training for children aged 7 to 17 (boys) with problematic substance abuse – same programme for women and adolescent girls
  • Drug treatment and rehabilitation centres for men
  • Opioid substitution treatment programmes
  • Community outreach and early interventions for children
  • School-based outreach programmes
  • Substance abuse awareness and training programmes for professionals (health, police and judiciary personnel)

SPYM and the Sustainable Development Objectives

3.3 By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

1.2 By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

2.1 By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Related Activities

The many activities of SPYM in 2018 made direct or cross-cutting contributions to several of the SDGs. For example, addiction prevention and treatment programmes have contributed to SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) target 5, while intervention programmes for injecting drug users aimed to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, thus contributing its target 3. In addition, the organization’s mental health facility in Delhi, implemented under the auspices of the regional government, has been dedicated to provide children facing enormous challenges (abandonment, neglect, violence, sexual abuse, etc.) with housing services and psychosocial follow-up, contributing thus to target 4 of SDG 3.

Programmes for the homeless are an important part of the organization’s activities. In Delhi, SPYM runs 60 shelter homes providing food and health care to homeless people, thus contributing to SDG 1 (No poverty) target 2 and SDG 2 (Zero hunger) target 1. These programmes also focus on social reintegration through group support, vocational training, and skill and employability workshops, therefore contributing to SDG 10 (Reduced inequalities) target 2. All this work is made possible through public-private partnerships with a direct impact on SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals) target 17.


  • Associate member of Dianova International
  • Member of the Juvenile Justice Committee, Delhi High Court
  • Member, Statutory Committee, Delhi Legal Services Authority
  • Member, Central Advisory Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
  • Member of Board, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
  • Member of International Society of Substance Use Prevention & Treatment Professionals
  • Member, Technical Resource Groups (TRGs), National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India
  • Member of Steering committee Project H-13, UNODC for the SAARC countries
  • National Secretary, Federation of Indian NGOs for Drugs and AIDS Prevention (FINGODAP)
  • Secretary, Indian Harm Reduction Network (IHRN)
  • Secretary, SAARC Forum for Civil Society Organisations
  • Secretary, Association of Resource Managers against Alcohol & Drug Abuse (ARMADA)
  • Consultative Status, ECOSOC

Contact Information

  • Address: SPYM Centre, 111/9, Opposite Sector B-4, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi- 110070 (India)
  • Web site: www.spym.org

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