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Generating Political Commitment for Mental Health System Development 

Generating Political Commitment for Mental Health System Development
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Generating Political Commitment for Mental Health System Development
Author(s):

Jose Miguel

, Caldas de Almeida

, Harry Minas

, and Claudina Cayetano

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199920181.003.0020
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date: 17 September 2019

Understanding the factors that influence the capacity to generate political commitment for action in the area of mental health is an important issue for all stakeholders involved in the improvement of mental health policy at the global level. This chapter includes a discussion of the key determinants of political commitment for mental health systems development. It also includes a discussion of the main steps that should be taken to generate political commitment – gathering information, building networks, defining a plan of action, building capacity, developing a communication strategy, integrating champions, monitoring and evaluation. To conclude, a case study, based on the experience in Belize, will be presented to illustrate the main issues that have to be considered in the process of generating political and donor’s commitment for mental health reform implementation.

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