Message from the Forum
One of the main issues in realising health for all is the global governance structure for health. The WHO is currently undergoing a complex structural reform process. This is of great interest to the Forum and our inputs have been channelled through the Democratizing Global Health coalition (www.democratisingglobalhealth.org). The DGH is particularly active around WHO relations with non-state actors. Together we stress the need for transparency in identifying commercial interest actors and establishing the limits of their role.
There are of course other major players in health, including the World Bank and the Gates Foundation, plus the huge industrial health sector and the many companies that influence health through the sale of food and beverages. Other parts of the UN must be added to the list, for example the FAO, UNFPA and UNICEF. There are important related instruments and initiatives, in particular the Social Protection Floor Initiative and ILO Recommendation 202 on Social Protection. Read More….
- Newsletter Mar 2014 Read
Dear member and friends,
I have the pleasure to send you the Forum Newsletter for March.
In the latter part of the Newsletter you will find a connection to the survey we are conducting to find out what you think of the Newsletter. Many thanks all those who have taken the few minutes to fill in the survey over the last month. We will review the survey results my mid April.
- No events.
- The Forum welcomes its new members! Read
- Joint statement issued in recognition of the World Mental Health Day 2013 Read
- Positon Statement on Mental Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda–Movement for Global Mental Health Read
- New WHO mental health publications: Building Back Better (August 2013) and Investing in Mental Health (Sept 2013) Read
- Global Mental Health Week+ in Geneva: 3-11 October 2013 Read
Three organisations have joined the forum family. They are :-
Please click on the link below to read the Joint statement issued in recognition of the World Mental Health Day 2013 by the NGO Committee on Mental Health (New York) Affiliated with the Conference of Non- Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) and the NGO Forum for Health (Geneva).
Movement for Global Mental Health (September 2013)
WHO (August 2013) 110 pages
Overview. “Emergencies, in spite of their tragic nature and adverse effects on mental health, are unparalleled opportunities to build better mental health systems for all people in need. This WHO publication shows how this was done in 10 diverse emergency-affected areas. This is important because mental health is crucial to the overall well-being, functioning, and resilience of individuals, societies, and countries recovering from emergencies.” http://www.who.int/mental_health/emergencies/building_back_better/en/index.html
WHO, Sept 2013, 36 pages
Overview. “Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. Yet currently the formation of individual and collective mental capital – especially in the earlier stages of life – is being held back by a range of avoidable risks to mental health, while individuals with mental health problems are shunned, discriminated against and denied basic rights, including access to essential care.
In this report, potential reasons for this apparent contradiction between cherished human values and observed social actions are explored with a view to better formulating concrete steps that governments and other stakeholders can take to reshape social attitudes and public policy around mental health.”
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8 October: Knitting the Net (informal dinner event for developing GMH connections and sharing GMH reflections)
9 October: MHPSS in Emergencies: How Do the Existing Guidelines Help Practical Applications Across Sectors? (IASC event convened at the United Nations, focussing on the IASC 2007 MHPSS guidelines in emergency settings and subsequent versions for different users/settings)
10 October: Hidden Pictures part of the worldwide film screening and World Mental Health Day (Webster University, co-organised with the NGO Forum for Health; click here for more information on the Webster University screening and the poster for the Webster University screening; note that the theme this year for WMHD is Mental Health and Older Adults; click here to see the list of previous WMHD themes since the first one in 1992)