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 burden of disease. Nevertheless, it remains highly neglected by health planners and policy makers, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Bangladesh, one of the low-income countries, suffers from a severe shortage of appropriately trained and an adequate number of human resources to provide mental health care. The authors reviewed available evidence on the dynamics of mental health services in LMIC like Bangladesh, with a view to help develop appropriate policies on human resources. This chapter 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 in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth economics and healthcare reform
Subtitle of host publicationbreakthroughs in research and practice
Editors Information Resources Management Association
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781522531692
ISBN (Print)9781522531685
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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