Mental health

Fifth meeting of the WHO mhGAP Forum

Meeting report

The fifth meeting of the mhGAP Forum was held at the World Health Organization, Geneva, on 7 October 2013.

mhGAP Forum’s participants included 48 Member States comprising 14 Ambassadors, 58 partner organizations including United Nations agencies, philanthropic foundations, NGOs, academic and research institutions, and WHO Collaborating Centres. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, opened the forum with the launch of the Mental Health Action Plan 2013 - 2020 describing it as a landmark achievement. Special invitees, including Robinah Alambuya of the Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities, Jeffrey Sachs of The Earth Institute, and Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum, provided remarks during the opening session.

Planned actions for implementation of the Mental Health Action Plan were then presented by different groups: WHO Secretariat and Member States, Civil Society and WHO Collaborating Centres.