The Mental Health Project (MH) is a technical unit of PAHO, within the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH), which promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation activities directed to strengthen the national capacities to develop policies, plans, programs and services, thus contributing to promote mental health, reduce the burden of the psychic diseases, prevent disabilities, and develop rehabilitation.
At present the majority of the Latin American and Caribbean Countries are receiving some kind of technical cooperation in mental health from PAHO/WHO, either systematically, through specific projects, or punctually, in answer to concrete requests from governments.
To support Member States in their effort to improve the situation related to mental health
To assure that the countries of the Region will implement Mental Health policies and plans and adopt the necessary measures to overcome barriers to the access to quality health services, particularly of the vulnerable population.
Jorge Rodriguez, Unit Chief
- Dévora Kestel, Adviser
- Claudina Cayetano, Subregional Adviser (Mexico, Central America and Hispanic Caribbean Countries)
Hugo Cohen, Subregional Adviser (South America)
Martha Koev, Assistant of the Project
Mandates and Declarations
Resolutions of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization:
Strategy and plan of action on epilepsy . Resolution CD51.8. 51st Directing Council, Washington, D.C., USA, 26 - 30 September 2011
Strategy and plan of action on mental health. Resolution CD49.R17. 49th Directing Council, Washington, D.C., USA, 28 September-2 October 2009
Disability: Prevention and rehabilitation in the context of the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and other related rights. Resolution CD47.R1. 47th Directing Council, Washington, D.C., USA, 25-29 September 2006
Mental Health in the Americas: New Challenges in a new Millennium, CD43/15, Working documents of the 43th Directing Council, Washington, D.C., USA, 24-28 September 2001
Mental Health, CD40/15. Working documents of the 40th Directing Council, Washington, D.C., USA, 22-26 September 1997
Caracas Declaration (132.15 kB), Adopted in Caracas, Venezuela, on 14 November 1990
Brazil Principles (933.29 kB), Regional Conference on Mental Health Services Reform (15 years after the Caracas Declaration), 7 - 9 November 2005
- InfoCom: sistema de información y comunicación en salud para Centroamérica y República Dominicana (only in Spanish)
- International Epilepsy News
- Mental Health Legislations
- OMS. Website Metal Health
- Mental Illness, a Neglected Disease. PAHOtoday. Newsletter of the Pan American Health Organization. July 2008