GENEVA - More than 4 percent of the world's population lives with depression, and women, youth and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
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Globally, an estimated 700 million people suffer from mental illnesses, accounting for 8% of all those with medical conditions.
With the number of people with depression increasing more than 18 percent from 2005 to 2015, WHO is carrying out a year-long campaign, Depression: Let's Talk, the focus of April 7's World Health Day, with the aim of encouraging more people with depression to get help.Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.D
Yet it is reported that only about 10 percent of those who suffer from mental health disorder seek medical treatment.
China will press to strengthen medical partnerships and arrange closer ties between top-tier hospitals and grassroots medical services to provide better health management and care for urban and rural residents.
Li Bin, minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) met with Vector Dzau, president of the American Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing on April 5.
Beijing will put a new medical care reform plan into effect on Saturday, which will bring an end to medicine price markups, according to local officials.