“With this document, the Ministry of Health is sending a clear call for action to all stakeholders in all structures in our communities” said
“I gladly admit that there is now a growing recognition among our communities of the prevalence and impact of mental illness and mental health problems. With this document the Government of Suriname is making a renewed commitment to mental health by prioritizing it in its national health policy and plans,” added the Minister.
In 2005, by using the WHO-AIMS,
The different consultation initiatives, involving different stakeholders, offered the opportunity to share information and produce deep discussion regarding the needs the current mental health system presents. The result was an agreement on the three priority strategic areas of action that should be implemented in order to advance a needed reform process: decentralization of psychiatric care, integration of mental health in primary care, and strengthening the mental health information system.