Switzerland--Global

Fracarita International, in collaboration with the World Council of Churches, is very pleased to invite you for our World Mental Health Day Event in Geneva, Switzerland on 5 October 2016Click here for the invitation and for more information about the event (purpose, background, programme, etc.).

You can register online via https://goo.gl/forms/fTbb16noyxgFLbjj2
The deadline for the enrolment is 2 October 2016.

HEALTH Ministers of Commonwealth member states on Monday adopted a legislative framework to empower, protect and care for persons with mental disorders.

The move followed realisation that the mental health legislation in many member states is outdated and does not fulfill international human rights obligations towards persons with mental disorders.

Also, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday told journalists that the country’s mental health laws are out of date and the country needs new ones. “Now everybody is talking about mental health. Currently, there has been a draft Bill by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to look at our mental health laws. As you know, the last one was before Independence, so it is out of date and this is the reality,” Chukwu said.

The Commonwealth document titled “Metal Health: A legislative framework to empower, protect and care; A Review of Mental Health Legislation in Commonwealth Member States” was presented to the ministers and delegates at the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland by Dr. Soumitra Pathare from the Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, Indian Law Society, Pune, India. It was commissioned by Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance (CHPA) and funded by Commonwealth Foundation.

Click the link below to read the full article...

Disability and Development - Online Consultation begins Friday, 8 March 

As part of the preparatory process for the UN High-level Meeting on disability and development, an online consultation is being held here starting today, 8 March and will run for three weeks until 28 March. You are invited to register here: www.worldwewant2015.org/register. If you are unable to register online, please email your request to register to: enable@worldwewant2015.orgTo participate, please enter the relevant discussion forum below and post your reponse to the discussion questions:

دخول منتدى المناقشة العربية
进入中的讨论区  
Enter the English discussion forum 
Introduzca el foro de discusión español 
Entrer dans le forum de discussion en français 
Введите русский дискуссионный форум 
Digite o fórum de discussão Português

About the Consultation
In many countries gains made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have not been successful in reaching marginalized populations, including persons with disabilities.  This clearly highlights the importance of taking inequality, discrimination and social exclusion more effectively into account both in the still ongoing efforts to accelerate and expand progress on the MDGs and in the definition of the new development framework that will succeed the MDGs post-2015. 

On 23 September 2013 the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on disability and development, with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, at UN Headquarters in New York.   

To ensure that the post-2015 agenda is inclusive of disabilities, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF is holding an online, moderated consultation to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to include disability in the post-2015 development framework, in order to inform the High-level Meeting.

Building on the online discussion on ‘Addressing Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda’, held on this site in November (read the summary report here) these consultations aim to look more deeply at the particular challenges faced in different regions, and identify the specific measures and actions to be taken by different stakeholders to promote a disability-inclusive society.

Simultaneous consultations are taking place in ArabicChinese, English, SpanishFrench, Russian and Portuguese. The site is compatible with screen readers, however, if you are unable to access the site, please email your response to: enable@worldwewant2015.org. Please note that the forum is moderated, therefore your post will not appear immediately but will be posted within twenty-four hours.

About the Moderators

The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on the consultations to inform the outcome document for the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD), in New York on 23 September 2013.

The consultation aims to be as broad and open as possible, in order to enable a multitude of voices to be heard from academia, media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, private sector, governments and the UN System. Please invite your colleagues, partners and networks to participate.

NCD Alliance Webinars

Thursday March 21st.



The NCD Alliance will be hosting two webinars via the internet to accommodate participants in all times zones.

Please join us for an:
An update on the Global NCD Framework Campaign, including discussion on outcomes from the WHO consultations on the draft Global NCD Action Plan;
An update on the Global Development Campaign, including discussion on outcomes from the UN High-Level Dialogue on Health in the Post-2015 Framework in Botswana;
Looking ahead to the World Health Assembly in May 2013.
You will be able to send in questions and feedback during the webinar. In addition, we invite our members to submit questions prior to the 21 March by emailing us at info@ncdalliance.org.

You can choose to join either:
10:00-11:30 CET (Geneva Time): Click here to register
16:00-17:30 CET// 11:00-12:30 EST: Register here


Best wishes,
The NCD Alliance

Disability and Development - Online Consultation begins Friday, 8 March 

As part of the preparatory process for the UN High-level Meeting on disability and development, an online consultation is being held here starting today, 8 March and will run for three weeks until 28 March. You are invited to register here: www.worldwewant2015.org/register. If you are unable to register online, please email your request to register to: enable@worldwewant2015.orgTo participate, please enter the relevant discussion forum below and post your reponse to the discussion questions:

دخول منتدى المناقشة العربية
进入中的讨论区  
Enter the English discussion forum 
Introduzca el foro de discusión español 
Entrer dans le forum de discussion en français 
Введите русский дискуссионный форум 
Digite o fórum de discussão Português

About the Consultation
In many countries gains made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have not been successful in reaching marginalized populations, including persons with disabilities.  This clearly highlights the importance of taking inequality, discrimination and social exclusion more effectively into account both in the still ongoing efforts to accelerate and expand progress on the MDGs and in the definition of the new development framework that will succeed the MDGs post-2015. 

On 23 September 2013 the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on disability and development, with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, at UN Headquarters in New York.   

To ensure that the post-2015 agenda is inclusive of disabilities, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF is holding an online, moderated consultation to gather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to include disability in the post-2015 development framework, in order to inform the High-level Meeting.

Building on the online discussion on ‘Addressing Inequalities and Persons with Disabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda’, held on this site in November (read the summary report here) these consultations aim to look more deeply at the particular challenges faced in different regions, and identify the specific measures and actions to be taken by different stakeholders to promote a disability-inclusive society.

Simultaneous consultations are taking place in ArabicChinese, English, SpanishFrench, Russian and Portuguese. The site is compatible with screen readers, however, if you are unable to access the site, please email your response to: enable@worldwewant2015.org. Please note that the forum is moderated, therefore your post will not appear immediately but will be posted within twenty-four hours.

About the Moderators

The recommendations emerging from your contributions will be incorporated into a report on the consultations to inform the outcome document for the UN High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD), in New York on 23 September 2013.

The consultation aims to be as broad and open as possible, in order to enable a multitude of voices to be heard from academia, media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, private sector, governments and the UN System. Please invite your colleagues, partners and networks to participate.

Call for research proposals: noncommunicable disease-related disability

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday, 29th March 2013

WHO is pleased to announce a call for proposals for systematic reviews to identify, synthesize and assess all available evidence, quantitative and qualitative, on noncommunicable disease (NCD) related disability and appropriate rehabilitation measures.

The project seeks to fill the evidence gap by providing an authoritative overview of the current evidence on the magnitude and scope of NCD-related disability, risk factors and most effective rehabilitation measures to assist individuals with NCD-related disability achieve and maintain their optimal functioning. It is hoped that this evidence base will lead to strengthened health policies and programmes and greater investments in rehabilitation for people living with NCD-related disability.

Evidence suggests that difficulties in functioning related to many health conditions can be reduced and quality of life improved with rehabilitation. It is therefore hoped that a longer term impact of the research will be improvements in the health, functioning and quality of life for people with disabilities. Removing barriers to participation and unlocking the vast potential of people with disabilities is an important contributor to global poverty reduction and to realizing the substantial economic benefits that come with improvements in well-being of people with disability and their caregivers, such as reduced dependency on medical and welfare services and increased participation including in the labor market.

Organizations with experience in conducting and publishing systematic reviews are encouraged to apply. Disabled Peoples Organizations and individuals from organizations in low and middle income countries (LMICs) that are engaged in relevant research are strongly encouraged to apply. Collaborations between LMIC organizations and individuals and organizations in high-income countries are also encouraged.

An application package can be accessed below, including a declaration of conflict of interest form which must be completed and included with proposals. The deadline for submission of proposals is 29 March 2013. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Full proposals must be submitted via email to Rachel Mackenzie at mackenzier@who.int. All proposals must be written in English and address all components contained in the proposal guideline available below.

Enquiries should be directed in writing via email to Kristen Pratt at prattk@who.int. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2013.