This issue of the International Review of Psychiatry draws attention to the neglected priority of mental health in Africa. The majority of African countries (70%) spend less than 1% of their meagre health budgets on mental health and most of those budgets are consumed in large, colonial-era custodial psychiatric institutions, contrary to growing evidence for cost-effective community-based interventions. The DFID funded Mental Health and Poverty Project (MHaPP) was set up to address these issues and some of the findings are presented.
International Review of Psychiatry (2010) 22 (6) 547-549 [doi: 10.3109/09540261.2010.535809]
Mental health in Africa: Findings from the Mental Health and Poverty Project