The 130th Session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has adopted a Resolution on ‘Global Burden of Mental Disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level’.
This marks the first time in over a decade that WHO has, at its highest levels, taken note of this very major public health concern. The draft Resolution in the matter was moved on Friday, 20th January, 2012 by India.
The Indian delegation led by P.K. Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, were primarily responsible for piloting the matter.
Mental disorders account for 13% of the global burden of the diseases and, in keeping with latest thinking, the resolution recognizes the importance of early identification, care and recovery.
An important aspect of persons suffering from mental disorders is the problem of stigma, poverty and homelessness, and the need for community based interventions including deinstitutionalised care.
It is clearly recognized that all countries must take steps to promote mental health and empower persons with mental disorders to lead a full and productive life in the community. (Source: PIB.23.01.12)