Who we are

Major achievements:

  • Establishment of IWF as a society and obtained government registration
  • Worked with MHFA England to develop internationally accredited Mental Health First Aid course for Bangladesh
  • Developed a National Training Team composed of 16 members for rolling out MHFA 
  • Launched Mental Health First Aid Bangladesh Chapter
  • Development and maintenance of activism of Bangladesh Mental Health Network
  • Worked with Law Commission for drafting a modern mental health act for Bangladesh
  • Initiated dialogue to develop an understanding of the needs of people with mental health conditions, and their carers

Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation:

After successful 13 years, Monira left Acid Survivors Foundation in 2013 and established Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation in 2014 to address wider issues of wellbeing of Bangladeshi population. The world is desperately seeking change. Happiness and wellbeing is taking key place in measuring progress to sustainable development. National Wellbeing is taking priority in policy framework. It is evident that happiness and wellbeing are key elements for better health, peace and more productivity.

Mental illnesses cause more disability than any other health condition; bring enormous pain and suffering to individuals and their families and communities; and can lead to early death, human rights abuses and damage to the economy. Improving mental health is therefore a vital part of a successful development program.

Recognizing that there is a clear and moral need for a systematic, sustained reform of wellbeing provision in Bangladesh, the Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation (IWF) has been officially registered in 2015 as a society to provide leadership in tackling the issue.  

IWF’s vision is to develop and promote the concept of a society where human potentials are at optimal level in a safe, equal and enabling environment. 

"Well-being,", "quality of life,"  “equity and equality”, “dignity” all closely related concepts, are at the center of IWF values and ideology. 

Promoting well-being involves understanding and addressing child, youth, and adult’s functioning in physical, behavioral, social, and cognitive areas. A focus on well-being should be integrated into all aspects of human development particularly in the field of protection from discrimination, abuse and violence. Addressing child and family needs related to well-being is a critical part of reducing risks and increasing safety and protective factors. 

Governance of IWF:

IWF governing body composed of 21 general members and 7 Executive Committee Members. Mr Monower Uddin Ahmed is the first Chairperson, Kamal Uddin is the first Vice Chairperson, Dr Prof. Yeasmin Ahmed is the first Treasurer and Monira Rahman is the first Executive Director elected by the general body in its 10th meeting held on 2 February 2014.

The governing Body is committed to and actively engaged for promoting the cause. Their voluntary engagement inspires its management to carry out its responsibilities with optimum level of transparency and accountability. 

Currently IWF has three broad management components:

  • Organisational Development
  • Fundraising and fund management
  • Programmatic

IWF management composed of Executive Director, Head of Programs, and Head of operations. It has a wide range of volunteers who are making a real difference in the organization.

IWF works for:

Children, women and men who are living under poverty line, marginalized and disadvantaged. Special focus with victim of gender based violence, person with disability, person with mental illness and neuro development disorder, elderly people, homeless and minority groups including ethnic minority and internally migrant population.