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Mental health and development: targeting people with mental health conditions as a vulnerable group

The new WHO report on mental health and development is a call to action to all development stakeholders - governments, civil society, multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies, global partnerships, private foundations, academic and research institutions - to focus their attention on mental health.

The report presents compelling evidence that although people with mental and psychosocial disabilities are a vulnerable group they continue to be marginalized in terms of development aid and government attention. It makes the case for reaching out to this group through the design and implementation of appropriate policies and programmes and through the inclusion of mental health interventions into broader poverty reduction and development strategies. The report also describes a number of key interventions that can provide a starting point for these efforts. By investing in persons with mental and psychosocial disabilities, development outcomes can be improved.

WHO Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011

Despite headache is felt, at some time, by nearly everybody and almost half the world’s adults at any one time have recent personal experience of one or more of the three very common headache disorders, much is unknown about the public-health impact of these conditions, how much they affect the world population, or how health care resources are utilized to mitigate their effects.

This first global enquiry into these matters, consulting specialist and general physicians and people who have headache, is an attempt to document from country to country, region to region, the responses to a public-health priority.

This report is available at:


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