Global Launch of WHO QualityRights Online Training to Advance Mental Health, Eliminate Stigma, and Promote Community Inclusion – PAHO/WHO


Join us on Tuesday 12 April 2022 for the launch of the WHO QualityRights online training program which aims to transform mental health attitudes and practices. The launch event will include interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. International signing and subtitling will also be available.


Online training is a key tool to address stigma and discrimination and promote mental health, recovery and community inclusion. It offers the possibility for hundreds of thousands of people to also learn how to take care of their own mental health, support others and set up mental health services adapted to them. By doing so, the world will be on a better path to good mental health outcomes. This global launch and roll-out has an ambitious goal: 5 million learners will have taken the online course by the end of 2024.

How to participate

  • DATE: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • WEATHER: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (EDT) / 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Geneva time) [Check the bottom of this page for local times in other cities]
  • LANGUAGES: English with interpretation in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. International signing and subtitling will also be available.


Moderator: Sir Norman Lamb, Chairman, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • Welcome.
  • Opening remarks
    • WHO video: More than my mental health diagnosis
    • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization
    • Dr Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    • Ms Cynthia Germanotta, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health, President and Co-Founder, Born This Way Foundation
  • Personal outlook
    • In conversation with:
      • Ms. Hauwa Ojeifo, Person with Lived Experience, Youth Leader and Director, She Writes Woman, Nigeria
      • Dr Ahmed Hankir, NHS psychiatrist and person living with a mental health condition, London, UK
  • WHO QualityRights Online Training on Mental Health, Recovery and Community Inclusion
    • WHO QualityRights eLearning: overview and description
    • Dr Michelle Fund, Chief, Policy, Law and Human Rights Unit, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO
  • Commitments by countries and organizations
    • Dr Marta Temido, Minister of Health, Portugal
    • Dr Olivier Véran, Minister of Solidarity and Health, France
    • HE Ms. Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
    • Mr. Sanjay Wijesekera, Director of Programmes, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
    • Dr Daniela Garone, International Medical Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
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    • Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases, WHO

Time match

  • 6:00 a.m. – Los Angeles, Vancouver
  • 07:00. – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San Jose (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 8:00 a.m. – Bogota, Kingston, Lima, Mexico, Panama, Quito
  • 09:00. – Asunción, Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, La Paz, Nassau, Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Washington DC
  • 10:00 a.m. – Buenos Aires, Brasília, Montevideo, Paramaribo
  • 15:00. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the time below link


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