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Good intentions, bad habits: Reforming mental healthcare in Latin America and the Caribbean

In the second of a series of articles exploring mental health in emerging markets we take an in-depth look at the situation in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is a vast patchwork of countries, cultures and ethnicities, with a total population of more than 645 million, ranging from 209 million-plus in Brazil to islands with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. The diversity is also economic. Recent years have seen marked improvements in income distribution and a burgeoning middle class, particularly in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Nicaragua. Yet Latin America and the Caribbean remains the region with the highest levels of income inequality worldwide.  All of this has a significant bearing on the state of mental health in Latin America, where good intentions and genuine progress in reforming infrastructure and attitudes are clouded by treatment gaps, inadequate funding, over-centralisation, meagre human resources and persistent stigmatisation...

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7th March 2018

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