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2008 in review: key public health issues

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Mental health care gap

A huge treatment gap for mental health disorders in developing countries is an urgent health problem: more than 75% of people in need in the developing world receive no treatment or care. WHO calls on countries and partners to increase funding for mental health and make it a vital part of primary care.

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