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Mental health represents one of the most significant and increasing burdens to global public health. Over the past decade, the once invisible field has gained recognition on the global health agenda and this increased recognition is expected to increase international funding for mental health. Our review found that few studies have been conducted as to the level of international funding for mental health and there is a need for a differentiated assessment. We conducted such an assessment of global development-related assistance for mental health between 2006 and 2016 and established categories to serve as a baseline for future measurement. We found that development assistance specifically dedicated to mental health accounted for just 0.3% of all development assistance for health. Given the limited public expenditure on mental health by national governments in low- and middle-income countries, renewed efforts by the international community and development partners to substantially increase funding for mental health are critical.

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Journal article


Int Health

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361 - 369


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, global health, health care financing, mental health, Global Health, Humans, International Cooperation, Mental Health, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic