F.d.H.’s Blog

mhGAP Forum 2013

11 October 2013

On the 7th of October 2013, WHO held the fifth edition of the mhGAP Forum in Geneva. We were invited to this event as a partner of the program, along with Members States, international organizations, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, opened the discussion with the launch of the Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020. Four major objectives were set forth: … read more

There is no cure without social interaction

30 September 2013

There are 300 million people suffering from mental disorders in the world.

In Switzerland, 17% of the population is affected by these illnesses.

Considering the scale of this phenomenon and its impact on the public health system, specialists are agreeing that early diagnoses is becoming essential. The idea is to intercept … read more

Building Mental Health Systems

28 September 2013

The WHO mental health Global Action Program (mhGAP) – that our Foundation has been supporting since 2010 – has now been extended to address mental conditions in emergency situations.

mhGAP was developed in 2008 to scale up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders with simple treatment protocols that can be offered by primary health care doctors and nurses.

Using the new WHO-UNCHR treatment protocol, primary health care workers will be able to … read more

Peace & Education

18 July 2013

There are 50 million children aged between 5 and 15 that do not attend school because they are either part of, or affected by, armed conflicts throughout the world.

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani, 16-year-old girl that risked death by Taliban hands for going to school. This happened … read more


16 July 2013

The Syrian civil war is having noticeable effects on neighboring countries, particularly Lebanon and Jordan, where millions of families are seeking to escape the conflict.  Every day new refugees arrive in these two countries leaving behind violence, destroyed homes and very often, part of the family.  Nevertheless, the international community … read more

A Journal for our Community

13 June 2013

This blog represents Fondation d’Harcourt’s “informal” or “casual” means of communication which, in conjunction with the Foundation’s website, www.fondationdharcourt.org, will tell of our activities. Our activities which consist … read more