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Canada-PAHO Biennial Workplan Budget Funds (BWP) 2012-2013
Canada -PAHO BWP facilitates policy, regulatory and technical, cooperation in the region, while contributing to improving the health status of citizens in member states, including Canada. Proposed areas of strategic joint cooperation are based upon PAHO’s priorities within the Regional Strategic Plan 2007-2012, and selected Strategic Objectives (SOs), together with Canada’s International Health Strategy priorities and the Framework for Cooperation Agreement between Canada and PAHO signed in May 2010. The proposed technical cooperation strategy seeks to share Canadian principles, approaches and expertise to improve health conditions and reduce inequities throughout the Americas. It also seeks to reinforce, strengthen and inform Canadian approaches to issues of common concern. The total amount of the BWP for the 2012-2013 biennium is $400,600.
Objectives/Themes for cooperation
Budget Allocation (US$)
Continue to support CD49/11 Strategy and Plan of Action on Mental Health (2009) by regional capacity building and system strengthening in mental health and substance use reduction policies, training, and plans of action focussed on selected countries and with special emphasis on indigenous and vulnerable peoples;
- Create a consortium of the five WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centres with expertise in mental health. The consortium will function as a mechanism for knowledge and information sharing on materials and best practices
- Undertake a comprehensive and informed scan of best practices in the region, including Canada.
- Develop an instrument that will validate the process across jurisdictions and regions, and define specific outcome measures and cost effectiveness through results-based management approach
- Collaborate on incorporating mental health and substance use prevention and services into the core curricula of all health care programs,
- Simultaneously collaborate on strengthening mental health and substance use services for clinical, as well as policy and programming development; mental health should not be perceived as being separate from physical illness
- Support the trend toward multidisciplinary teams of health professionals with defined minimum competencies in integrated mental health service delivery should be further developed
- Work towards supporting continuous capacity building in primary care to achieve continuity of care (prevention, screening, primary treatment, secondary treatment, and rehabilitation) is of fundamental importance for improved quality of care.
- Support knowledge transfer and the development of tools and instruments to support evidence-based interventions that reduce the level of complexity in clinical practice is recommended.
Additional elements for the indigenous peoples include:
- incorporating spirituality and simultaneous interpretation of the bio-psycho-social concept of wholeness, illness, and wellness into culturally competent services;
- adoption of horizontal traditional health teams with those from indigenous health
- generation of a sense of security and confidence through adequate communication and language;
- recognition of autonomy and respect for human rights