A visit to the municipality of Carabayllo was carried out, on January 28, 2016, by Rebecca Kynyon Lora and Maria Eugenia Vizcarra in representation of the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (SAAL), and Milo Stanojevich, National Director of CARE Peru, Dr. Humberto Castillo Martel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health “Honorio Delgado Hideyo Noguchi” and Dr. Martin Clendenes Alvarado, Director of Health Network Tupac Amaru, in order to meet with strategic partners that support and develop actions to improve mental health, where the GROW project is supporting some actions in the district.
The visit was hosted by Rafael Marcelo Alvarez Espinoza, Mayor of Carabayllo, and council members. Welcome words were given by Víctor Canales, Director of Women and Human Development Office.
Dr. Castillo Martell placed emphasis on the mental health work develop in the zone by the National Institute of Mental Health in recent years, highlighting local authorities’ continued political will; Dr. Clendenes stressed that joint work with the municipality permitted to have the Community Mental Health Center that will contribute to improving access for the population of Carabayllo District to mental health services; Dr. Lourdes Blanco made a presentation on the experience of mental health to recover from, and prevent, gender-based violence, and use of drugs in Carabayllo; Milo Stanojevich welcomed the opportunity to share and make available CARE’s expertise through the GROW project.
On behalf of the Government of the United States Rebecca Kynyon expressed her gratitude for the hospitality shown, congratulated the municipality on progress and actions that are being developing in favor of mental health, women’s health, prevention of drug use, and wished them success in the development of the Master Plan for Mental Health 2016-2021 of the Carabayllo district, where the American Embassy is providing support.
Mayor Alvarez thanked them for the visit to the district, reaffirmed his political will to continue supporting the development of social programs in favor of the most vulnerable population from a human rights and development perspective. He also showed his enthusiasm and support for the Master Plan of Mental Health, anticipating that this document will be a key reference for the rest of municipalities within the Association of Municipalities of North Lima and the rest of the country.
Finally, the delegation visited the facilities of the “Community Mental Health Center of Carabayllo” that, through the coordination of the Ministry of Health Directorate of Mental Health, received a donation of equipment and furniture provided with funds from the American Embassy through the GROW project.
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