Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Mental Health Bulletin

Publication date: 
20 June 2013
Subject:Mental Health Bulletin, May - June 2013
Send date:2013-06-20 20:16:17
Issue #:25


May-June 2013

WHO mental health Gap Action Programme assessment and monitoring in Panama

nullOn May 7-9, Tarun Dua, from the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva, and Dévora Kestel Regional Advisor on Mental Health of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), participated in various activities related to the implementation of WHO mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Pilot Project in Panama.

OAS 10th Hemispheric Forum of Civil Society and Social Actors

The Pan American Health Organization participated in the “10th Hemispheric Forum of Civil Society and Social Actors” held at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 9


Declaration of Antigua: “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas”

The Pan American Health Organization provided technical support to the Organization of American States in the negotiation process of the Declaration of Antigua: “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas,” adopted at the Forty-Third Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly, held in Antigua, Guatemala, from 4 to 6 June.


Training of mhGAP facilitators in Nicaragua

nullOn 28 and 29 May, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in coordination with the Nicaragua Department of Extension and Quality Assurance (DGECA, for its acronym in Spanish), organized a workshop for "Training primary care facilitators in the implementation of the mhGAP". The modules selected were those on depression, alcohol and suicide.


Honduras: strengthening the mental health component in PHC

nullA project proposal on “Strengthening the mental health component in primary health care” was discussed at a meeting inHonduras, from April 23 to 24. This community mental health model to be implemented in the country is co-sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization and the Seventh-day AdventistChurch, with the participation of the Ministry of Health, the National University of Honduras, and Loma Linda University inCaliforniaUSA.


Workshops on technical cooperation projects among countries in El Salvador 

nullFrom 18 to 21 March, two workshops were held in El Salvador Citywithin the framework of Technical Cooperation among Countries (TCC) in order to plan the implementation of two projects.


Training of trainers in epilepsy 

nullA workshop for training trainers in epilepsy was held at PAHO/WHO headquarters in Argentina, on April 26. It was jointly organized by the League against Epilepsy (LACE) and Hugo Cohen, PAHO Subregional Advisor on Mental Health for South America. LACE’s President, Roberto Caraballo, was present at the event together with specialists from the provinces of Buenos Aires,Santa FeMendoza and the City of Buenos. 


Experts discuss tobacco products labeling and advertising in Panama 

nullPanama, March 5-7. Experts from all over the continent analyzed the current situation, progress and challenges of tobacco products packaging during the Second Regional Workshop "Packaging, labeling and regulation of tobacco products", according to the mandates of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The event was organized by Panama Ministry of Health and the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil, with the technical cooperation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and Health Canada.



Guatemala and Panama: workshops on reducing the demand for illicit drugs 

Two workshops on "Strengthening national capacities to manage public health responses in illicit psychoactive substances demand reduction” were held in Guatemala (April 3-5) and inPanama (April 17-18). 


Mexico: mental health in Chiapas

nullChiapas, México, April 16 - A meeting for analyzing the situation of mental health in Chiapas was organized within the framework of the technical cooperation agreement between the Pan American Health Organization and Chiapas Health Secretariat. The meeting was opened by Chiapas Secretary of Health, Carlos Eugenio Ruiz Hernández; Dévora Kestel, PAHO/WHO Regional Advisor on Mental Health; and PAHO/WHO consultant in Mexico, Enrique Gil.


State mental health week in Hermosillo, Mexico

nullHermosilloSonora, April 23 - A number of activities aimed at training mental health personnel of the Ministry of Health, were carried out as part of the “State Mental Health Week” inHermosillo.



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    Editorial Committee: Jorge Rodríguez, Hugo Cohen, Claudina Cayetano, Dévora Kestel, Maristela Monteiro, Luis Alfonzo, Maria Florencia Di Masi y Martha Koev.

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