The III Mental Health Services Management Course residential week took place in Antigua (
The opening lecture was given by Jorge Rodríguez, PAHO/WHO Senior Advisor on Mental Health. Other speakers were: Jaime Sapag (Canada), Trinidad Caldera (Nicaragua) Víctor López (Guatemala), Alejandro Paiz (Guatemala), Juan Chumil (Guatemala), Cecilia Escobar (PAHO/WHO, Guatemala), Gaspar Da Costa (Panama), Lucía Alleyne (Panama), Baudilio Jardines (PAHO/WHO, Panama) y Víctor Aparicio (PAHO/WHO Subregional Advisor on Mental Health for Central America, Mexico and the Hispanic Caribbean).
The course is run on PAHO/WHO's Virtual Campus for Public Health (only in Spanish) and is the result of a collaborative effort between the Pan American Health Organization, Panama’s National Institute of Mental Health, the Autonomous University of Nicaragua in León, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada (CAMH). It is aimed at health and mental health professionals that manage and/or lead public mental health services or programs in
It is expected that participants strengthen their professional competences and skills to manage mental health services with a community approach and emphasis on primary health care. This will enable the participating countries to have trained staff who can carry out processes of reform, modernization and decentralization of mental health services and reduce the gap between needs and resources.