The WHO official specified that the survey was conducted in 130 countries across WHO’s six regions from June to August 2020.
“The results are in a way confirming what we understood from previous preliminary surveys that indicated that now in almost 90 per cent of countries, 89, to be precise, per cent of countries, do have a national mental health and psychological support plans, but only 17 per cent of them do have funding allocated to implement those plans. We have also found that only 7 per cent of countries confirm no disruption of services, which means that in 93 per cent of countries some kind of disruptions took place,” Kestel told a virtual briefing.
According to the WHO official, there has been a continuation of inpatient services despite the pandemic, but outpatient services were most affected.
“In terms of geographical location, I would say that the most evident distinction is among high-income countries or middle-to-high income countries versus low-income countries, where you see better coverage in some cases in high-income countries rather than in low-income countries,” Kestel said.
She underlined that mental health services have been historically underfunded.