Mental Health and Substance Use: Priorities for Practice and Policy | Lima, Peru
Across the world, there is a dramatic shift in how countries are grappling with the devastating impact of substance abuse among their citizens.
A public health model is replacing an enforcement and control model. A very high proportion of people with substance use problems also suffer from other mental disorders. Stigma and discrimination against people with substance use and mental health challenges hinders their access to health services and treatment. And, billions of dollars are being lost annually due to impaired productivity of the workforce.
A specific target of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is to strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol. This one day symposium will address the critical challenges that mental illness and substance abuse pose in the region and around the globe, bringing together thought leaders to discuss greater promotion of innovative strategies and solutions.
Joined by a cross-section of international scholars, researchers, clinicians and public health advocates from around the region, we will engage in dynamic exchange prioritizing mental health policy and practice. As Latin America places increased emphasis on a public health approach, we will look at the most relevant, evidence-based thinking and recommendations for tackling the vicious cycle of inequality resulting from only 2% of the health care budget in the region being allocated to mental health.
This symposium will feature:
Marina Piazza, Renato Alarcón, Dora Blitchtein, Inés Bustamante, Humberto Castillo, Jaime Miranda and Fabiola León Velarde (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia); Raul González Montero (World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization); Dévora Kestel and Luis Alfonzo (Pan American Health Organization/WHO); Rubén Alvarado and Alberto Minoletti (University of Chile); Thomas F. Babor (University of Connecticut); María Elena Medina-Mora and Guilherme Borges (National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz); Julio Calzada (Intendencia de Montevideo); Francisco Cumsille (Independent Consultant); Yuri Cutipé (National Mental Health Program, Peru); Federico Infante (National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs); Kathleen M. Pike, Harold Pincus, Ezra Susser and Milton Wainberg (Columbia Global Mental Health Program); Vladimir Poznyak and Geoffrey M. Reed (World Health Organization) – with opening remarks by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and an introduction by Patrick J. Kennedy.
You can register for this symposium, free of charge, here.
Dr. David Ndetei & Dr. Victoria Mutiso
Speakers: David Ndetei, MD, PhD • Professor of Psychiatry,University of Nairobi; Founding Director, Africa Mental Health Foundation
Victoria Mutiso, PhD • Director of Research, Administration and Finance, Africa Mental Health Foundation
Dr. David Ndetei is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and the Founder and Director of the Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a non-governmental organization dedicated to research on mental and neurological health and substance use to generate evidence for policy and best practice in the provision of affordable, appropriate, available and accessible mental health services. The Foundation is a leading center of mental health research in East and Central Africa. Dr. Ndetei has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of nearly all published clinical and community epidemiological studies on mental health in Kenya. He was Co-Investigator of one of the first multicenter studies in the world, which focused on the neuro-psychiatric aspects of HIV/AIDS. His pioneering research on the relationship between intravenous drug use and HIV/AIDS forms the basis of the Kenyan government’s current policy on intravenous drug users. He has worked extensively as an international mentor and collaborator to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded researchers. He is also a member of peer review and advisory committees to the NIMH/NIH and Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Ndetei has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals, co-authored and edited 5 books and compiled 21 monographs based on his work available for public access at the University of Nairobi library.
Dr. Mutiso holds a PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nairobi. She is in charge of research in addition to overseeing the overall administration of the Foundation. She has been the Principal Investigator for two projects run by the Foundation on innovative integration of mental health services in primary health care through task-shifting to include both formal and informal health care systems. She has a strong interest in mental health-related research and emerging trends. She also has a strong bias to child psychology, parent-child relationships and developmental issues. She is a co-author in a manual on psycho-trauma, has contributed book chapters and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has been in charge of the various projects that AMHF has undertaken for the past 5 years.