This workshop was part of the technical cooperation efforts that PAHO is developing with the countries of the Region to strengthen the reform of psychiatric services in Latin America and the Caribbean, considering that deinstitutionalization is an essential element in these processes.

Place: Bogotá, Colombia
Dates: 8-9 October, 2019.

Group Photo Bogota


  • To review the current situation of mental health services in Latin America and the Caribbean, with emphasis on care for people with severe, long-term mental disorders.
  • To analyze the experiences and lessons learned in the deinstitutionalization processes of the Region.
  • To identify the road map for promoting and developing deinstitutionalization processes in countries, including the role of international technical cooperation.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. Inputs for the preparation of a technical document on deinstitutionalization in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will serve as a tool for countries to promote processes of this type.
  2. Identified the most effective international technical cooperation mechanisms in deinstitutionalization processes.

General Materials

  • Agenda and Concept Note (PDF)
  • Participants List (PDF)



Day 1

Tuesday, 8 October

Day 2

Wednesday, 9 October: