n African Journal of Psychiatry - Public and community health psychiatry in Africa : from humble beginnings to a promising future : guest editorial

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



There is clear and unambiguous evidence of the magnitude of mental disorders globally - as one in every four persons will develop a mental disorder at some point in their lifetime. Neuropsychiatric disorders are the most important cause of Years Lost due to Disability (YLD). It has been estimated that unipolar depression will be the second most important cause of disability worldwide by the year 2020. While a huge gap has been identified between the prevalence of mental disorders and the actual estimate of patients receiving any form of treatment globally, this gap is more pronounced in low and middle income countries - where most African countries belong.

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