The Convention on the Rights of the Child

21 November, 2019

One more year the Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrate its existence, this time its 30th anniversary! In MEDBOX we join the joy of all its achievements as we continue to work alongside providing knowledge about the diverse contexts and situations in which children find themselves around the world. As UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore well said: "There have been impressive gains for children over the past three decades, as more and more are living longer, better and healthier lives. However, the odds continue to be stacked against the poorest and most vulnerable". One of the greatest odds that need to be addressed and MEDBOX has been focusing specially this year is the status of Global Child Mental Health, which is 'the orphan child of global health' as Dr. Vikram Patel named it and explained:

"The real scale of the crisis is that we know so little about mental health problems in children in the global context and that the overwhelming majority of children who need help, do not receive any form of intervention". When our MEDBOX expertise team ask the mental health practitioners around the globe in which ways Global Mental Health can be improved, there is often a common answer: knowledge in form of literature resources in order to break the stigma of mental health illness in the communities, and materials to work on prevention campaigns in community-based outreaches. One tool that MEDBOX design specifically for these goals to be achieved is our MENTAL HEALTH TOOLBOX where a diverse range of best practice documents and literature concerning the main global mental health issues are contained alongside information resources to be adapted to any context.

We encourage you to also have a look to the 30 years report made by UNICEF, which looks at the undeniable achievements of the past three decades

HIFA profile: Sieglinde Mauder is Librarian at the Medical Mission Institute, Würzburg, Germany. She collects and distributes resources on HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, humanitarian aid, health service management, e-learning for partners in developing countries. sieglinde.mauder AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thank you Sieglinde. I would encourage you to re-send this messsage to our global child haelth forum CHIFA. The email address is and you can join here: ]