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Health, Human Rights and Legislation: A Special Focus on Mental Health

Annual Call for Projects 2002


The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (Unige) and the Institute of Legal Medicine (Unige) have joined their efforts under the GIAN to undertake research in the area of human rights as it relates to issues of health and mental health. This research will determine the current level of knowledge and awareness among health students and professionals on the issue of the right to health and mental health and determine future training needs in this area. The findings of this research, along with an existing WHO programme on health and human rights will form the basis for developing a module on health and human rights designed to train health students from different universities (Unige, University of Marrakech, University of Yaoundé, etc.), as well as consultants and young professionals who will assist countries in undertaking mental health law reform. A forum which will convene representatives of countries wishing to develop and implement laws on mental health will be organised by the partners.

The grant provided by the GIAN for this project totals SFr 378,000

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Project Team

Ms Natalie Drew , Co-coordinator, Mental Health , World Health Organization (WHO) .

Dr. Michelle Funk , Co-coordinator, Mental Health , World Health Organization (WHO) .

Ms Helena Nygren-Krug , Principal Member, Health and Human Rights , World Health Organization (WHO) .

Ms Geneviève Pinet , Principal Member, Legislation, Health , World Health Organization (WHO) .

Dr. Benedetto Saraceno , Principal Member, Mental Health , World Health Organization (WHO) .

Dr. Jose Bertolote , Associated Member, Mental Health , World Health Organization (WHO) .

Related Links

> Santé mentale et droits de l'homme: un compendium pédagogique

> WHO Mental Health: Policy, Legislation and Human Rights

> Children's Health: Extreme Situations of Violation of Rights

> Convention on the Rights of the Child - Medicus Mundi

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Mental Health - Press Conference 7.12.2005
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WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation
(available in Hindi, Arabic, German, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French and English)
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Support Structures and Mental Health
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Human Rights and Health: Exploratory Studies
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