Mental health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: reaching the unreached
AbstractIn 2001 mental health was brought to the focus of international attention when the World Health Organization devoted its World Health Day campaign and the world health report to the subject. In many countries around the world, and particularly in developing countries, mental health has long been a neglected area of health care, more often than not considered in terms of institutions and exclusion, rather than the care and needs of the human being. Current knowledge emphasizes early identification and intervention, care in the community and the rights of mentally ill individuals. The countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region represent many challenges for the organization of mental health care. Many countries are in a state of rapid social change, some are in conflict or suffering the aftermath of conflict, while others are witnessing the growing problem of substance abuse, with associated HIV/AIDS rapidly becoming a public health priority. This publication addresses three aspects: the planning of mental health services; the current mental health situation in each of the countries of the Region, along with the innovative approaches developed during the past two decades! and the challenges and opportunities for addressing the mental health needs of the diverse populations. Bringing together the experiences of the Region provides an opportunity to learn from the past as well as for greater collaboration and cooperation in the future between countries facing similar problems
World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. (2006). Mental health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: reaching the unreached. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119812
WHO Regional Publications. Eastern Mediterranean Series (29), 2006
Description418 p. ; 24 cm.
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