Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 8-9 June, 2009. A workshop on “Basic Human Rights and fundamental freedoms for people with disabilities” was celebrated and organized by the National Mental Health Program of the Secretariat of Health and PAHO/WHO. It was inaugurated by Dr. Lilian Reneau, PAHO/WHO Representative in Honduras, and professionals from various backgrounds of health, social services, justice and DDHH movements from the country attended.
The workshop was coordinated by Mr. Javier Vasquez, PAHO/WHO Human Rights Advisor in Washington, and Mrs. Raquel Fernandez, PAHO/WHO Mental Health Focal Point in Honduras. Carolina Padilla, psychologist from the National Program of Mental Health, presented a study about the in-patient population in psychiatric hospitals in the country. Dr. Reinaldo Moncada, psychiatrist, discussed the role of NGO, users and their families in the promotion and protection of the basic human rights and Dr. Eliomara Layaire, from the Center for the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture spoke about the role of professional associations. Finally, Dr. Victor Aparicio, PAHO/WHO Subregional Advisor of Mental Health spoke about the mental healthcare reform strategy from the PAHO/WHO perspective.
To compliment the workshop a delegation from PAHO/WHO and the National Mental Health Program technical team made a visit to the Santa Rosita National Psychiatric Hospital, where they interchanged ideas with the hospital authorities about the adoption of measures consistent with the psychiatric reform principles.
Mr. Vasquez met with representatives of the civil society and other actors with whom he discussed the DDHH of vulnerable groups.