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|Sub-Regional meeting of Mental Health Stakeholders in the English-speaking Caribbean|
In her introductory remarks at the opening ceremony Dr Gandi (CPC) emphasized the need to finalize a common mental health framework based on existing documents, aligning them with the Caribbean Cooperation for Health III, where mental health is one of 8 priorities identified.
Mrs Sandra Plummer, Deputy Program Manager Health Sector Development, CARICOM, reminded the audience that mental health was one of the three main priorities identified in the Sub-region and thus it becomes paramount to have a regional strategy that considers not only the clinical aspects but also the relationship between mental health and other social issues.
Dr Jorge Rodriguez (Mental health/PAHO) provided the regional vision and perspective of the mental health situation. Legislation and human rights in the region was also discussed, introduced by Mr Javier Vasquez (Human Rights Regional Advisor/PAHO). The WHO-AIMS (the mental health system assessment tool) was introduced by Ms Dévora Kestel.
There were two presentations from the Sub-regional perspective: Dr Margaret Hazlewood (Consultant PAHO) and Dr Wendel Abel (UWI) introduced the findings of an in-depth assessment of existing documents and current situation of mental health in the sub-region.
Four "best practices" from the Sub-region were then presented. The countries (Bahamas, Belize, Dominica and Jamaica) introduced their experience. The objective of sharing best practices was to promote their possible utilization as models for other countries with similar conditions. See Best practices examples at Annex 4.
The following recommendations are the result of the working groups’ sessions.
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