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  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> The World Health Report 2001 - Mental Health
  • From: Brian Pazvakavambwa <pazvakavambwab@who.ch>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 13:56:36 -0400 (EDT)

The World Health Report 2001 - Mental Health

The World Health Report 2001 Mental Health:

New Understanding, New Hope

The World Health Report 2001, Mental Health: New Understanding, New
Hope was launched by WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland in
Geneva Switzerland today (4 October 2001). The Report is a review of
the status of knowledge and research about mental and neurological
disorders and provides a road map for a global reform of mental health
care and prevention. The report details ten recommendations by gov-
ernments and outlines three different scenarios for action, based on
countries' level of affluence and economic development.

Stressing that mental illness is not a personal failure; Dr
Brundtland stated, "If there is failure, it is in the way we have re-
sponded to people with mental and neurological disorders. I hope this
report will dispel long-held prejudices and mark the beginning of a
new era in the field of mental health care."

Neuro psychiatric disorders currently account for nearly one third of
the disability in the world - affecting rich and poor nations alike.

The full text Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland's speech can be viewed at
the WHO web-site:

An online version of The World Health Report 2001 can also be viewed
at: http://www.who.int/whr/

Information concerning this publication can be obtained from:
World Health Report
World Health Organization 1211 Geneva 27,
Fax: 22-791-4870

Price: Sw.fr. 15. -
Price in developing countries: Sw.fr. 10.50

Copies of this publication can be ordered from:

Dr. Brian Pazvakavambwa
Department of HIV
World Health Organization

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