Human resources for mental health in low and middle income countries: evidence from Bangladesh

Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Reshman Tabassum, Paolo C. Colet, Jonas Preposi Cruz, Sukhen Dey, Lal B. Rawal, Anwar Islam

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Mental disorders are a major public health challenge globally, contributing to 40% of the global burdenof disease. Nevertheless, it remains highly neglected by health planners and policy makers, particularlyin low and middle income countries (LMIC). Bangladesh, one of the low-income countries, suffers froma severe shortage of appropriately trained and an adequate number of human resources to providemental health care. The authors reviewed available evidence on the dynamics of mental health servicesin LMIC like Bangladesh, with a view to help develop appropriate policies on human resources. Thischapter critically examines the current situation of human resources for mental health in Bangladesh,and explores ways to further strengthen human resources so as to enhance mental health services inthe country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkforce development theory and practice in the mental health sector
EditorsMark Smith, Angela F Jury
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781522518754
ISBN (Print)1522518746, 9781522518747
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in psychology, mental health, and behavioral studies
PublisherIGI Global


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