International call for action on mental health

In a joint declaration, authorities from 11 countries have called for action to integrate mental health care into primary health services in Africa where mental disorders account for a huge burden of disease but attract less than 1% of health funding.

The experts say international donors who influence health policy as well as individual governments need to urgently address mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

Violence also has mental health consequences, particularly for women and children, they said.

Glob Health Action 2014; 7:24589