Patricio Marquez

Job role: 
Lead Public Health Specialist
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Practitioner/Implementer
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Patricio V. Marquez is a World Bank Lead Health Specialist, who is leading the Global Tobacco Control Initiative at the World Bank Group. He co-coordinated a WBG/WHO multi-institution, Working Group on Global Mental Health that organized the global conference “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority” held on April 13-14, 2016 as part of the WBG/IMF Spring Meetings. He is a member of the Global Work Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of US CDC, providing recommendations and counsel to the ACD on global public health issues. He served as Public Health Focal Point at the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice of the World Bank over June 2014-June 2015, co-led the WBG team that designed the Ebola Emergency Response Program for West Africa and prepared the US$390 million Ebola Emergency Response Project for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and was deployed to WHO Geneva to help coordinate the WB and WHO interface on the Global Response to Ebola over the September-December 2014 period.

 

He co-led with WHO the Thematic Working Group on Health, Nutrition and Water and Sanitation for the preparation of the UN/WBG/EU/AfDB multi sector Ebola Recovery Assessment Report over January-March 2015. Over 2013-2014, he served as Human Development Sector Leader for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, based in Accra, Ghana. He has also worked in Angola, Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, and Namibia. Prior, he served as Health Cluster Leader for the countries in Southern Africa in 2011-12 and worked in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region over 2004-2011, particularly in the Russian Federation, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and the Central Asian Republics, managing implementation support for WBG-funded health system reform and disease-specific projects.

 

Over 1988-2003, he worked on health systems development and science and technology projects funded by the WBG in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela, and led the preparation and start up implementation of Multi Country HIV/AIDS Program in the Caribbean Region that covered 9 countries and CARICOM. He contributed to the report “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority” in 2016, and  has authored reports on non-communicable diseases and road traffic injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa, road safety in ECA, the demographic and health crisis in Russia, health system challenges in Russia, blood transfusion systems and the spread of HIV in Central Asia, HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, non-communicable diseases and health systems in Chile, and health system assessments in several LAC countries. He also co-authored a report on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in China, and a policy note on NCDs and road traffic injuries in Cambodia.

 

He was part of the teams that prepared the US$1.3 billion Global Avian Influenza Preparedness and Control Framework Program in 2006, and the US$1.2 billion Global Food Response Facility in 2008--both covered more than 70 countries across the world.

He pursued his graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

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Regions of interest: 
Africa
Middle East
North America
Central America and the Caribbean
South America
Asia
Europe
Oceania
Disorders of interest: 
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Self-harm/suicide
Country: 
Ecuador

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Mental Health Among Displaced People and Refugees

Technical note from the World Bank Group, making the case for action to meet the mental health needs of displaced people and refugees
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Policy and advocacy
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Human rights
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Making Mental Health a Global Priority

Patricio Marquez (WBG) and Shekhar Saxena (WHO) discuss some of the complex topics surrounding global mental health care.
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Policy and advocacy
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Policy and legislation
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Out of the Shadows: Summary Report

Report of the proceedings of the April 2016 World Bank/WHO event 'Out of the Shadows: Making mental health a global development priority'
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Policy and advocacy
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Policy and legislation
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Lessons from OECD countries: mental health is critical for human capital development

This blog from Patricio Marquez at the World Bank Group discusses why mental health is critical for human capital development.
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Maternal Depression and Stunted Children: An Avoidable Reality

Patricio V. Marquez is a Lead Public Health Specialist at The World Bank and in this blog he discusses the human, social and economic consequences of mental disorders and their global burden. The excerpt focuses on the unattended negative effects of maternal depression on long-term childhood development e.g. stunting. Patricio argues that enough evidence exists to promote the integration of mental health care into routine maternal health services in an attempt to develop a more comprehensive, cost-effective and multi-sectoral response to address these issues.
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What we learned about the Global Burden of Disease?

This blog discusses some of the key findings of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2015.
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Invisible wounds: Mental health among displaced people and refugees

This blog explores mental health among displaced people and refugees.
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Mental health services in situations of conflict, fragility and violence: What to do?

Patricio V. Marquez and Melanie Walker from the World Bank Group discuss whether mental health service delivery can be integrated with crisis response, cost effectiveness of these interventions and scepticism.
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Mental health parity in the Global Health and Development agenda

WBG and WHO explore the consequences of leaving mental disorders out of the health dialogue in the lead up to the "Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority" event.
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Shining a light on mental illness: An “invisible disability”

We need to be clear, however, and accept the reality that ill mental health is not only limited to persons with severe mental disorders confined to psychiatric hospitals. Ill mental health is a widespread but often “invisible” phenomenon.
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“The Zero Hour” for Mental Health

A repost from the World Bank Group Investing in Health blog, Tim Evans, Patricio V. Marquez, and Shekhar Saxena advocate for political commitment, broad social engagement and international support for global mental health.
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