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08 October 2010

Poor countries neglect mentally ill

Hundreds of millions of people in poor countries suffer from untreated mental health disorders that could be helped with inexpensive care, said WHO.

Hundreds of millions of people in poor countries suffer from untreated mental health disorders that could be helped with inexpensive care, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

"We face a misperception that mental health care is a luxury item on the health agenda. But it costs $2 (about R13) per person per year it is one of the best buys," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

 
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