|Professionals discuss strategic plan to address mental health problems on the U.S.-Mexico Border|
Ciudad Juárez, MX, November 21, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Since the 1960s and 1970s the Americas Region has been trying to improve their efforts to implement mental health services but these initiatives have been isolated and have not reached a regional level, furthermore, research shows that more than 450 million people worldwide suffer of mental health problems, this is why the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with Chihuahua Health Secretariat and other organizations will held a conference entitled: “Mental health in Latin America and the Caribbean: primary attention, a strategic plan.” The conference will take place on:
Tuesday 22nd of November, 2011
With support and orientation from PAHO/WHO a group of countries from Latin America and the Caribbean has distinguished itself in promotion, prevention, and attention of mental health and illnesses. The Pan American Health Organization has served as a catalyst and played a guiding role by encouraging a fruitful discussion while offering technical assistance that will continue to expand, on this occasion professionals on mental health on the U.S.-Mexico Border will have the opportunity to learn and be part of this initiative. According to Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, PAHO/WHO-Washington, DC, Mental Health Advisor, mental health plans do not require costly and high-technology, but a big effort on formation and qualification of the human resources. Dr. Rodriguez will be the guest of honor and main speaker during this conference.
The Pan American Health Organization, founded in 1902, works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of their peoples. It serves as the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO). PAHO/WHO United States-Mexico Border Office was established in 1942, it continues to facilitate and promote border collaboration with public and private binational institutions and entities involved in improving the health of the population at the Border.
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