GAP Action Programme. No health without mental health
Around the world people suffering from epilepsy go untreated, specially because there are many forms of epilepsy, in some countries many are unable to access simple and inexpensive anticonvulsant drugs which cost less than US$5 a year per person.
People suffering from depression and other mental and neurological disorders perish living tormented lives when living plentyful normal lives is possible with proper diagnosis and medication.
As the world marks the Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that millions of people with mental disorders in the developing world were not receiving necessary treatment and care, according to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday.
This were contained in a statement issued by the WHO in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, stressing the need for urgently scaling up services for mental disorders.
The statement said more than 75 percent of people suffering from mental disorders in the developing world receive no treatment or care. The organization would launch a new program "Mental health Gap Action Program (mhGAP)" to highlight the huge treatment gap for a number of mental, neurological and substance use disorders.
On 9th October, 2008, WHO is launching its action programme in Geneva, the mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) which aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income. The programme asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce.