Improving child and adolescent mental health in Africa: A review of the economic evidence

Yesim Tozan, Ariadna Capasso

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that the burden of mental health problems among children and adolescents in Africa is significant, and that the treatment gap in mental health is widening. African countries have experienced considerable political and social instability and change and currently have the highest rates of HIV/AIDS and malaria in the world, which can result in neuropsychiatric sequelae. Yet, these countries have very few human and economic resources dedicated to the mental health of children and young people. This chapter reviews the state of the economic evidence base on mental health programs and interventions for children and adolescents in low-resource settings and examines the most immediate economic considerations of introducing, integrating, and scaling up these interventions to improve child and adolescent mental health and well-being in such settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChild Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Evidence Generation and Policy Development
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages41-65
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783030837075
ISBN (Print)9783030837068
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 22 2021

Keywords

  • Children
  • Economics
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Mental health
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology

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