On 16 June in London, Disease Control Priorities, jointly with the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, held a policy forum on mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders with a select group of policy makers. The purpose of the forum was to share lessons learned, gain policy insights, and discuss ways to enhance the relevance and usability of DCP3.
It was generally agreed by all participants that the DCP3 MNS volume offers low- and middle-income countries an opportunity to motivate policy discussions on how decision makers can act on both existing and emerging evidence about mental health care. According to Dr. Vikram Patel, DCP3 Volume Editor and Professor at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, “This DCP3 volume is an opportunity to inject energy into the policy discussions on how countries can act on both existing and new mental health evidence.”
To read the Mental Health Forum Report, which includes participant lists, forum objectives, and key recommendations, please click here.