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mhGAP training for PHC professionals in Panama and Honduras


In October and November, 2012, Panama organized training workshops for primary health care professionals in the use of the mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings. These workshops are part of the mhGAP Intervention Guide dissemination plan developed by the national mental health programs of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and the Social Security Fund, together with the National Institute of Mental Health.

The first training was on the use of the depression and other significant emotional or medically unexplained complaints (OTH) modules and destined to professionals that had already been trained in the epilepsy module. It was held in the region of Los Santos on October 11-12. Likewise, on November 19-23, twenty-two professionals from Darién and the indigenous community of Guna Yala received the first basic training in the use of all the Guide’s modules. Representatives from Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico and Peru attended the workshop and will replicate it in their respective countries. The workshop was facilitated by: Raffaella Meregalli ( Italy), Vanessa Flores (CSS), Gretel de Pinzón (MINSA), Edgar Agames (MINSA), Daniel Alexis (MINSA) and Victor Aparicio (PAHO/WHO).

From December 5-7, Honduras organized the 5th training course in the use of the modules on depression, OTH, and epilepsy. Twenty-four general practitioners, two nurses, nine psychologists and two social workers attended the course in Tegucigalpa. It was facilitated by: Francisca Acosta (National Mental Health Director), psychologist Angela Orellana, psychiatrist Linda Gomez, and neurologist Adda Vanessa Siria. Honduras has already trained 170 professionals in these modules of the Guide.


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