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India, China home to one-third of mentally ill people : Lancet study

India, China home to one-third of mentally ill people : Lancet study
20 May 2016 Current Affairs: India and China are home to more than a third of the global burden of mental illnesses. It was revealed by the Lancet journal on 18 May 2016 to mark the launch of China-India Mental Health Alliance Series.

Key findings of the study : Nearly one-third of the global burden of mental illness and substance abuse disorders is borne by India and China combined. This is higher than such cases in all developed countries put together.While India accounted for 15 percent of the global mental, neurological and substance use disorder burden, China accounted for 17 percent.

Developing countries as a whole accounted for three-fourths of the global burden of mental illnesses.That burden will become much heavier in coming decades, especially in India, where it is projected to increase by a quarter by 2025. In India, only 10 percent with mental disorders are estimated to receive evidence-based interventions. In China, the treatment-seeking rate is less than 6 percent. Less than one percent of national healthcare budgets in China and India are allocated to mental health care.In the USA the figure is nearly 6 percent, while in Germany and France it is pegged around 10 percent.

 China-India Mental Health Alliance Series : The China-India Mental Health Alliance comprises experts from both countries and elsewhere. The experts have worked to produce a collection of systematic reviews based on extensive literature searches of both international and national databases.The series is aimed at encouraging further collaboration between Chinese and Indian mental health research communities to address shared concerns.Vikram Patel (India) and Michael R Phillips are the Series leaders.

 


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