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humanitarian aid

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Petition to Development partners

Prioritise mental health in global development

We, as representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), recognise the importance of mental health for the sustained health, wealth and success of individuals, communities and nations. Based on our experience and important emerging evidence, we wish to highlight three overarching areas which threaten the successful realization of the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Integration Expertise Financial Resources With the right response and coordination, such barriers can be overcome. We call on our development partners, including multilateral agencies, governments, funders, civil society, people living with mental health problems and carers, to join us in addressing the following: 1. Integration Barrier: Lack of Integration into Development Agendas We call on development partners to include mental health in existing strategies for health system and social service strengthening. Mental health activities are not frequently integrated into strategies for strengthening health systems or social services. As a result, people living with mental health problems are left behind. We can be more effective and efficient with our current resources if mental health is included in planning, funding, implementation and evaluation of efforts to improve health and social outcomes. Barrier: Lack of Prioritization within Development Agendas We call on development partners to challenge stigma and recognize mental health as a priority. Around the world, stigma leads to discrimination, abuse and neglect. Stigma further contributes to inadequate resource allocation and limited political attention. When governments do not see mental health as a priority, NGOs struggle to establish effective partnerships, threatening the sustainability of mental health programmes.  Development partners and especially governments must visibly prioritize mental health within development agendas and use public health campaigns and education as avenues to raise awareness and promote social inclusion. Barrier: Lack of Visibility within Information Systems We call on development partners to monitor and report on mental health indicators. Mental health indicators are not typically integrated into the information systems used to track population health, service provision, resource allocation or the impact of interventions. Improved data collection, monitoring and surveillance will hold development partners accountable for ensuring that needs are identified, progress is tracked and people living with mental health problems benefit from activities carried out as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. 2. Expertise Barrier: Lack of Human Resources and Capacity We call for development partners to explore sustainable solutions to strengthen human resources and capacity. There is a shortage of adequately equipped human resources for mental health. Development partners can work together to identify sustainable solutions to recruit, train and maintain a skilled and motivated workforce, drawing from examples of cost-effective task-sharing approaches which have proliferated in the health sector in recent years. Coordinated knowledge management within the field of global mental health can build capacity by harnessing and mobilising existing knowledge even as new learning is generated through research and practice. Barrier: Lack of Engagement of People Living with Mental Health Problems and Carers.  We call for people living with mental health problems and carers to be included as valued partners in development. Development partners must collaborate with and foster leadership among people living with mental health problems and carers, making their needs central to the design, implementation and evaluation of services.  Whilst there is a place for professional expertise, there is also a need to recognise the significance of people’s lived experience and the value of peer-to-peer and peer-led interventions, advocacy, research and evaluation. 3. Financial Resources Barrier: Lack of Transparent Funding Streams We call on funders to establish transparent funding streams for mental health. Most mechanisms for international development funding do not currently make any explicit provisions for mental health. As a result, it is unclear where to apply for financial support, and funders cannot track mental health spending or its impact. Funding that is clearly accessible to civil society to support mental health systems, either through mental health-specific activities or as an integral part of broader health and social programming, is essential to achieve the objectives of the Mental Health Action Plan and SDGs. Barrier: Inadequate Funding We call for increased funding with longer funding cycles in order to achieve substantial, long-term impact on mental health systems. The international development funding currently provided for policy development, capacity building, service delivery and research is grossly inadequate when compared to the global burden of disease associated with mental health problems. Further, the funding provided is often administered in one- or two-year cycles which are too short to make substantial, long-term change. Funding cycles of five years or longer would help to build more sustainable mental health systems and enable rigorous evaluation to demonstrate impact. Organisations in support of #NGOs4MentalHealth: Action Contre la Faim Action on Disability and Development International Africa Alliance for Health, Research and Economic Development (AAHRED) Alive and Kicking BasicNeeds International Carers Worldwide CBM International Find Your Feet Gede Foundation HealthCom Global Network Foundation Health Poverty Action International Medical Corps International Rescue Committee John Snow Inc Lepra MedicalAidFilms Mental Health Awareness Foundation Maldives Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network Mental Health Innovation Network Network for Africa REPSSI Royal College of Psychiatrists UK Volunteering and International Psychiatry Special Interest Group Scotland-Malawi Mental Health Education Project SignHealth The Leprosy Mission United for Global Mental Health Unity in Health War Child World Vision Photo: The photograph is used for illustrative purposes only; it does not imply any particular health status, attitudes, behaviors, or actions on the part of any person who appears in the photograps. © 2014 Jignesh Patel/Valsad, Courtesy of Photoshare

Mental Health Innovation Network
705 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, United Nations, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel (CDU), Theresa May MP

Help third world countries become self sufficient instead of relying on foreign aid

INTRO Many third world countries today report high numbers of death due to malnutrition, dehydration, and hypothermia (or other weather-related illnesses). Even though large companies like Nestle are giving free water and baby food to third world countries, there are more deaths than ever due to the causes mentioned above. This is why the UN needs to start to devote more time to aiding third world countries in a way such that they don't become dependent on first world countries, like the situations in many regions of Africa. SOLUTION Rather than simply distributing food, water, etc. to third world countries, we must provide a way for third world countries to become self-sufficient and safe. There are a few ways we can attempt to do this: Teaching basic agricultural concepts to and starting small farms in third world countries with clean water sources to provide a supply of food. Making sure that there is a fast and easy way to get clean water (the best solution would be underground pipes with filters, but this would be an expensive undertaking and would require more funding than the UN has for foreign aid). Ensuring that there are enough natural materials in third world countries to use for housing, and teaching those countries how to build weather-resistant housing. If there aren't enough materials, use farms (as mentioned earlier) to grow materials (like trees) for use in housing. Establishing a military to protect from attacks from foreign nations (this mostly applies to truly dangerous countries like Somalia). Establishing trade with other countries to get more materials. Establishing a small democratic republic with a leader from the nation that knows what problems are present in their country, in order to try to prevent those problems. (If the government collapses, or if it becomes something other than a constitutional democracy, then immediate intervention is necessary.) Although these solutions aren't perfect, they can be a stepping stone to helping third world countries get on their feet instead of relying on first world countries. Why should we care? One primary mission of the UN is to "to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character." However, currently, most third world countries in Africa and South America rely on first world countries like the United States, Great Britain, and Germany to give them food, which discourages them from trying to develop an actual country. Thus, by helping them establish fundamental parts of a successful country, we can ensure that more of the world's population has access to food, water, and shelter, which 75% of the world does not have. "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime."

Jay Rana
6 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Syngenta AG

Bring Golden Rice to the U.S.

  Golden Rice, a bio-fortified crop which could protect millions of children around the world from vitamin A deficiency and blindness, has just been approved for consumption by several  international agencies, including the Unites States' FDA.  This is a massive milestone for scientific progress over fear-mongering and the spread of misinformation regarding GM technology.  However, the global agribusiness company Syngenta retains exclusive commercial rights, and does not plan to market Golden Rice in the United States. We find that this decision misses the opportunity to introduce western consumers to the promising new technology of biofortification, which can help bridge the divide between health-conscious consumers and genetic technology by introducing people to a GM crop that has serious nutritional and antioxidant benefits. Not licensing golden rice in the U.S. also fails to reassure people in developing countries that GM technology is safe and eaten by all, creating the mistaken impression that we want them to eat something that we are not willing to eat. Additionally, since rice is a staple food in plant based diets even in the developed world, introducing Golden Rice into the western market could be an effective way to ameliorate vitamin A nutrient concerns and lessen dependence on animal agriculture. This would lower the already small risk of sub-optimal levels and increase convenience, thus easing transition to more plant-based diets for the sake of human health and the global environment. Please sign this petition asking Syngenta AG to market Golden Rice within the United States.    

Tevin Arnott
16 supporters