Cost of scaling up mental healthcare in low-and middle-income countries

Dan Chisholm, Crick Lund, Shekhar Saxena
2007 British Journal of Psychiatry  
No systematic attempt has been made to calculate the costs of scaling up mental health services in low-and middle-income countries. Aims To estimate the expenditures needed to scale up the delivery of an essential mental healthcare package over a 10-year period (2006–2015). Method A core package was defined, comprising pharmacological and/or psychosocial treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and hazardous alcohol use. Current service levels in 12 selected low-and
more » ... ow-and middle-income countries were established using the WHO–AIMS assessment tool. Target-level resource needs were derived from published need assessments and economic evaluations. Results The cost per capita of providing the core package attarget coverage levels (in US dollars) ranged from $1.85 to $2.60 per year in low-income countries and $3.20 to $6.25 per year in lower-middle-income countries, an additional annual investment of $0.18–0.55 per capita. Conclusions Although significant new resources need to be invested, the absolute amount is not large when considered at the population level and against other health investment strategies.
doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.107.038463 pmid:18055957 fatcat:yy5a2mzpo5c7zngprvb32262zq