|A StrongMinds mental health facilitator (center) speaks with former patients in Uganda. StrongMinds has treated more than 25,000 Ugandan women for depression with group talk therapy. Photo: Kevin Di Salvo|
As this WHO infographic shows, only 1 percent of the global health workforce works in mental health and the median public expenditure on mental health per person is only $2 in low- and lower-middle income countries. This paper asserts that the amount of development assistance for health is “paltry,” with less than 1 percent specifically earmarked for people with mental disorders.
- There was an increase of 34 percent in the number of psychiatrists in the Africa region and 27% in the Southeast Asia region (which includes Bangladesh, India and Indonesia), although these increases are from abysmally low bases.
- However, the number of nurses working in mental health in these two regions fell by 8 and 6 percent respectively.
- In the Africa region, the number of mental hospital beds fell by 15%, the same drop as with general hospital beds. In the Southeast Asia region, there were increases in both categories.
- The number of admissions to mental hospitals and psychiatric wards of general hospitals increased by 13% in the Africa region and 26% in Southeast Asia region