Canada pledges aid for mental health support in South Asia, Africa

Published: October 10, 2012

Peter Singer, head of the government-funded organization Grand Challenges Canada, will disburse $19.4 million in aid to 14 countries to help treat mental health disorders, according to reports Wednesday.

Singer says 75% of people with mental health disorders around the world are in developing countries, and 85% of those are never treated.

The countries due to benefit from Grand Challenges Canada’s funding include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and African nation such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria.

The money will be used to train mental health specialists, identify mental disorders, care for children with autism and expand access to online mental health care. The group claims that in Ethiopia there is only one psychiatrist for every two million residents.






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