The Sustainable Development Goals and Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Authored by: Cornelius Ani , Olayinka Omigbodun

The Routledge Handbook of International Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9780367027735
eBook ISBN: 9780429397844
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present new drivers for improving quality of life and the environment worldwide. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which preceded the SDGs were credited with some progress such as reduction in Infant Mortality Rates (IMR) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). 1 Whilst the MDGs impacted upon mental health, there were no specific mental health goals. The SGDs, on the other hand, have one explicit goal with mental health content (SDG3) and many other SDGs with mental health as an overarching interface. This reveals the improving profile and priority of mental health in the global development agenda. 2

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