Kenya launches Mental Health Investment Case

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Kenya's acting Health Director-General Dr. Patrick Amoth, launched the Mental Health Investment Case on Tuesday.

This mental health investment case aims to provide an economic analysis of the benefits of scaled-up action and country-specific recommendations on the most feasible, cost-effective next steps.

Dr Amoth noted that historically mental health in Kenya has faced several challenges, including; scarce and inaccessible mental health services, a limited mental health workforce, and inadequate budgetary allocation to mental health.

"To address these issues, it is incumbent on the Government of Kenya to Invest in evidence-based, cost-effective clinical and population-based mental health interventions modelled in the investment case at this critical crux in the history of mental healthcare in Kenya," he said.

The investment in mental health could result in several possible benefits; improvements in the health or functional status of the target population, allowing the beneficiaries of the intervention to go back to work or school & work more productively or improve their financial situation, and providing benefits for others, such as reducing caregiving time spent by family members or friends.

The Kenya Mental Health Investment Case report will guide the government in making investment decisions, interventions, and strategies.

"It will also serve as a tool for advocating for the inclusion of mental health in the health and socioeconomic agendas, among other things," he said.

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