Increase in mental disorders, the main demand of the WHO to the international community

Geneva: A recently published study reports that in 2021, more than 3 billion people worldwide suffered from mental disorders.

According to media reports, the research was published in “The Lancet Neurology”, after which WHO presented the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study to the World Health Assembly.

After the release of the report, the World Health Organization (WHO) demanded immediate action from the international community against the increase in neurological diseases worldwide.

The study also indicates that 80 percent of deaths and illnesses caused by poor mental health occur in low- and middle-income countries, while access to treatment varies widely. The rate of professionals per 100,000 people in high-income countries is above 70 percent, while it is much lower in low- and middle-income countries.

Devora Castel, WHO director for mental health and medicines, told the World Health Assembly that countries need to improve prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation of neurological disorders.

He added that access to treatment should be equal for all based on equity and quality. To do this, we need to invest in research into mental health risks, support for effective health workforces, and much more.

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