Medical Mission Sister Dr. Joan Chunkapura announced a new intervention program for juveniles in distress and in conflict with the law in Kottayam, Kerala, South India.  The program at Total Response to Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TRADA), has been allocated 50 youth, most of whom are addicted to cannabis or alcohol. Sister Joan, co-founder of TRADA, and Sister Regy Peringarappilly, MMS, a lawyer, are helping parents and teachers create healthy environments in the families and schools, and improve support mechanisms and communication between the youth and the adults in their lives.

Caption: In 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee presented Sr. Dr. Joan Chunkapura with the National Award for the “Best Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts.”