Mental health funding and the SDGs: What now and who pays?

by Jessica Mackenzie and Christie Kesner
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), May 2016

48 pp. 616 kB

In 2015 the world took a huge step forward by including mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set the global agenda for the next three decades. Now that they have been agreed, the world is looking to how the SDGs will be funded and how progress towards achieving them will be measured. Mental health is severely underfunded. Despite the huge burden it places on global health, it receives a fraction of the funding of other diseases. This report provides an overview of who is currently funding mental health and who isn’t, but could be.

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