WS07 : Globalization and mental health: learning from local experiences

Context :

The importance of mental health is gaining regard in international development and on the world health agenda. There is now a priority on achieving equity in mental health care for all people worldwide, including through the use of new digital tools.

During the 2016 edition of the Geneva Health Forum, a workshop brought together mental health professionals from different countries. The aim was to identify gaps in knowledge and practice, as well as barriers to effective mental health care at peripheral levels. Differences, but also similarities, were identified between western and non-western settings. Lessons learned from the previous workshop will be discussed. The scope will be broadened and will include the use of new technologies in the mental health field and specific trauma interventions.

At the end of the workshop, practical recommendations will be proposed.


Objectives :

  • The use of digital technologies in global mental health
  • Community based psychosocial interventions in crisis situations
  • Supervision and training of mental health professionals
  • Follow-up of interventions conducted in Rwanda and Cameroon


Participants :

Eytan ArielChairmanHUGSwitzerland
Bil Jakub S.Chairman
E-mental health: a tool for reduction of structural stigma impact in Post Soviet Countries
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, KrakowPoland
De La Torre Ugarte Carolina Innovation through collaboration: Strengthening capacities of allied professionalsGIST-T, SuisseSwitzerland
Djatché JoëlSystème de santé mentale et réponse aux troubles mentaux des mères adolescentes au CamerounTeenage mothers mental health projectCameroon
Hasecic HreljaTowards Recovery-Oriented Community Mental Health Care SystemsAssociation XYBosnia and Herzegovina
Nkubamugisha Paul Mahoro Psychiatrie forensique au RwandaHôpitaux du Valais, Département de psychiatrieSwitzerland Rwanda
Tengpe Guy Bertrand l'usage des NTIC dans la gestion des problématiques de santé mentale dans les contextes à ressource limitéesSynergie des Sciences Sociales et HumainesCameroon

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