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Mental disorders represent the leading cause of disability worldwide, yet they remain a low global health priority. Despite the availability of cost-effective interventions, fewer than 20% of people living with mental disorders receive support worldwide and little funding is allocated to the issue.
In this session, Dr Valentina Iemmi presents empirical findings showing that multiple political factors have shaped the generation of political priority for global mental health over the past three decades. She focuses on four groups of political factors: actor power, ideas, political context, and issue characteristics. She identifies political challenges that advocates need to address to increase political support over the next decade and opportunities that they can leverage.
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About the speaker
Dr Valentina Iemmi is a Fellow in the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has 15 years of research experience in global health policy, with a specialism in governance and financing. Her work investigates how and why global actors support mental health worldwide and how they can improve their collective response to the issue, in particular vis-à-vis governance and financing.
Dr Iemmi holds a PhD in Social Policy from the LSE. She also has a MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & LSE, and the title of Clinical Psychologist from the University of Paris.
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