“ If we accept that we have an obligation to alleviate death and suffering when it is within our power to do so, a strong argument can be made that adequate mental health treatment should be considered a fundamental human right and a moral imperative.”-WHO & World Bank 2016
Mental, neurological and substance use disorders currently constitute 14% of the global disease burden at an estimated cost of $1 trillion USD per year, and are projected to exceed HIV, heart disease and cerebrovascular disease as leading causes of disability by 2030. Joint analyses by the World Bank and WHO demonstrate that for every $1 USD invested toward the scale-up of care for these disorders, member states can expect a minimum of $4 USD return on their investment in better health and worker productivity. Yet, on average, less than 3% of national budgets are allocated to mental healthcare services and over half of the world’s population continues to reside in nations with less than one mental healthcare provider per 200,000 residents.
In addressing the priority theme of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women, Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, this seminar will explore how universal health coverage, a core pillar of both Agenda 2030 and ILO Recommendation 202, can be adapted to better protect and promote the human right of all women and girls to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Speakers will also outline innovative, cost-effective solutions for expanding access to mental healthcare and reducing stigma in limited resource and humanitarian settings.