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WHO launches programme to extend treatment of mental and neurological disorders

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2090 (Published 15 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2090
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The World Health Organization has launched a programme to scale up the treatment of people with mental, neurological, and substance use disorders, especially in poor countries, where more than 75% of people affected receive no treatment or care.

    The agency says that rich nations also have substantial gaps in treatment, with up to half the patients affected by these conditions left untreated.

    Margaret Chan, director general of WHO, said that the plan “addresses the abysmal lack of care” for patients, especially in …

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