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Session 5 - PAHO Webinar Series: Tackling NCDs and mental health during COVID-19

Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Financing for Mental Health: Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Building Back Better

 Tuesday, 27 July 2021 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (EDT)

Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>

We cordially invite you to the fifth session of the PAHO/WHO Webinar Series Tackling NCDs, risk factors and mental health during the time of COVID-19, titled "Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Financing for Mental Health: Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Building Back Better", to be held on Tuesday, 27 July.

The webinar will present the justification for scaling up and financing mental health based on the current mental health situation in the region and provide examples of mental health financing mechanisms.


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of populations and mental health systems and services in the Region is profound and will likely endure long after the pandemic. Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is an essential component of emergency preparedness, response and recovery and should be integrated into national COVID-19 response plans. However, data from the Americas show that while 93% of countries in the region include MHPPS in their COVID-19 response plans, a mere 7% report having full funding in their government budgets for the MHPSS response component.

The objectives of this session are: 

- To make the case for scaling up mental health in the region during COVID-19 and in the post-pandemic period;
- To present important initiatives of mental health financing mechanisms;
- To highlight the benefits of sustainable investment in mental health. 


How to participate

  • DATE: Tuesday, 27 July 2021
  • TIME:  11:00 am- 12:30 pm (EDT) [check below the time correspondence in your area]
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the link and information to join the webinar.
  • LIVE BROADCAST: In case of difficulties to join the Zoom room, you will also be able to follow the webinar live on PAHO Youtube channel at
  • LANGUAGE: The session will be in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation to both languages.

NOTE: Closed captioning (English and Spanish) and international sign interpretation will also be offered during the event.

Please check the event page for updates on the agenda, the live broadcasting and more.

Time correspondence

  • 8:00 am.– Los Ángeles
  • 9:00 am – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 10:00 am–  Bogota, Kingston, Mexico City, Panama City
  • 11:00 am –  Bridgetown,  Castries, Georgetown,  Nassau, Port of Spain, San Juan, Washington DC 
  • 12:00 pm. – Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paramaribo
  • 5:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the time in the following link


Tackling NCDs and mental health during the time of COVID-19 is a series of high-level strategic discussions on transforming the approach to noncommunicable diseases, its risk factors and mental health as a result of the pandemic in terms of strengthening health systems and services, responding to emergencies, investing to transform the NCD, RF and MH agenda, optimizing partnerships, among others, with a focus on big picture thought leadership. 

The sessions will take place monthly from March to September, 2021. 

For more information, click on the following buttons 
Tackling NCDs and Mental Health during the time of COVID-19
Visit the following pages for specific information on: 
NCDs and COVID-19
Mental Health and COVID-19
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