Strategy and policy

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A thumbnail image with the text Regional Committee resolutions written on it Mental health and its related problems are a public health issue inextricably linked to quality of life, productivity and social capital. Mental, neurological and substance use disorders affect all social groups and ages, contributing to 14% and 12% of the burden of disease globally and regionally, respectively. Resolution WHA55.10 called on Member States to provide support to WHO’s global action programme for mental health. The mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) calls for enhancement of political commitment and development of policy and legislative infrastructure. The Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean in 2010 requested the development of a comprehensive mental health strategy to guide the response of Member States, to promote mental health and to integrate efforts to prevent and treat mental, neurological and substance use disorders and rehabilitate persons with these disorders. The regional strategy and actions proposed provide a foundation for the development of national strategies and action plans. 

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Strategy for mental health and substance abuse in the Eastern Mediterranean Region 2012–2016 [pdf 52 KB] 

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Statistics and figures

In the Eastern Mediterranean Region:

Mental and neurological disorders are responsible for 12% of all disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost due to disease and injury

Mental health disorders account for 27% of years lived with disability

Drug abuse is responsible for a loss of 4 DALYs per 1000 population

Drug abuse is responsible for 9 deaths per 100 000 population

The overall adult (+15) per capita consumption per year of alcohol is low (0.65L as compared to the global average of 6.13L)