How Task Sharing Can Bridge the Mental Health Treatment Gap

How Task Sharing Can Bridge the Mental Health Treatment Gap

Almost half of the world’s population lives in countries where, on average, there is one psychotherapist for 200,000 or more people. Uganda, with a population of 35 million people, is home to just 30 psychiatrists. Clinical specialists converge towards major cities while those who live in rural centers are neglected.

It begs the question, what can be done to bridge this treatment gap?

Task sharing empowers local people to bridge the mental health treatment gap by subverting the need for experts and specialists. Instead, it more effectively mobilizes a people that didn't have a seat at the table.