WHAT IS WHO-AIMS?
The World Health Organization Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) is a new WHO tool for collecting essential information on the mental health system of a country or region. The goal of collecting this information is to improve mental health systems and to provide a baseline for monitoring the change. For the purpose of WHO-AIMS, a mental health system is defined as all the activities whose primary purpose is to promote, restore or maintain mental health. WHO-AIMS is primarily intended for assessing mental health systems in low and middle income countries, but is also a valuable assessment tool for high resource countries.
Note: Great care has been taken to ensure the reliability of the data presented in the WHO-AIMS country reports. Data for WHO-AIMS are collected by a team led by a focal point within the country and are, in most cases, approved by the Ministry of Health. However, since WHO is not directly responsible for the data collection, WHO cannot independently verify the accuracy of any of the data presented in these reports.
WHO-AIMS Instrument, Version 2.2
WHO-AIMS Country Reports
WHO-AIMS Subregional Reports
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