Author: hyvhuynh

Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in low and middle-income countries, yet these countries spend less than two percent of their budgets on mental health. The result is a devastating mental health treatment gap and an increasing number of years lost to disability due to mental health disorders. African nations have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals at 1.4 per 100,000 people.

Research suggests that mental health treatments can be delivered effectively in low- and middle-income countries using a task sharing approach, in which lay counselors with little or no prior mental health experience are trained to provide treatment.

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