WHO is in the process of developing its new General Programme of Work for 2019-2023, under its new leadership of Dr Tedros Adhanom.
A concept note of the new Programme of Work is open for consultation, with NGOs invited to respond before, 13 October 2017.
This is a great opportunity for the mental health community to communicate how important mental health is to the overall achievement of this important plan.
The main points the plan focuses on are to:
- Prevent, detect and respond to epidemics
- Provide health services in emergencies and strengthen health systems
- Help countries achieve universal health coverage
- Lead on health-related SDGs
- Provide the world’s platform for collective decision making in health
In all of these areas, mental health has a key role to play and should feature. However, there is little mention of mental health after an initial mention as being part of overall health.
MHIN members might like to write their views on the importance of mental health in any or all of the above thematic areas, and how we would like to see greater recognition of it in the General Programme of Work.
See: http://who.int/about/gpw-thirteen-consultation/en/ for more information, a link to the draft plan in many languages, and a simple form to register your views.
The closing date is 13th October, so HURRY!