WHO report highlights global shortfall in investment in mental health

SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization’s new Mental Health Atlas has shown a disappointing picture of the global failure to provide people with the necessary mental health services, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the growing need to support mental health. The World Health Organization’s new Mental Health Atlas provides an unpleasant picture of the global failure to provide people with the necessary mental health services, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the growing need to support mental health. The latest edition of the Atlas, which…

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WHO sets new standards on air pollution levels as well as an updated Mental Health Action plan

SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization has issued new guidelines on air pollution which will dramatically reduce the levels of particulate matter (PM) and other pollutants linked to a range of diseases. These illnesses include heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, and respiratory diseases including asthma. “Since WHO’s last 2005 global update, there has been a marked increase of evidence that shows how air pollution affects different aspects of health,” said the global health body. Air pollution is implicated in some 7 million premature deaths each year, more than 90% of…

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WHO sounds alarm over improper dementia care despite rising case numbers

SWITZERLAND – More than 55 million people worldwide are living with dementia, a neurological disorder that robs them of their memory and costs the world US$1.3 trillion a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The progressive condition can be caused by stroke, brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease and with populations ageing, the number of sufferers is projected to rise to 78 million by 2030 and 139 million by 2050, the WHO said in a report. Yet only one in four countries has a national policy in place to…

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3.1 million Ghanaians are suffering from mental disorders, 16,000 cases severe

GHANA – According to data from the WHO and the Ghana Mental Health, it is established that 41 percent of Ghanaians have psychological distress termed either as mild, moderate or severe and this costs the nation 7 percent GDP loss. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 10 percent of the population of Ghana has one form of mental disorder or the other. Thus, with an estimated 31 million population in Ghana, they have an estimated 3.1 million with mental disorders. “The Mental Health Authority did a rapid assessment, a…

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Kenya launches mental health plan to implement recommendations of task force

KENYA – Kenya has launched a new mental health plan that will provide the framework to implement the recommendations from the mental health policy and taskforce report that was released in 2019. Speaking during the launch, the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, said that the Kenya Mental Health Action Plan is targeting to improve mental health management in the country, considering that it remains an integral pillar in Kenya’s health system and social-economic development.  According to…

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