Non-communicable diseases and mental and psychiatric illnesses are emerging as an urgent public health problem globally and becoming a major cause of early death and disability worldwide. This is probably due to the fact that over the past few decades there has been a decline in mortality levels, which may be attributed to the decrease in infant mortality rates, improved control of infectious diseases through increased immunization coverage and improvement in access to health services. These changes have led to a shift from diseases that were associated with under-development, including nutritional, perinatal and infectious diseases, to chronic illnesses including diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Such diseases have a significant burden on the family, community, and society.
The burden of non-communicable diseases is huge and growing continuously. In 2012, non-communicable diseases claimed over 2.2 million lives in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and caused 57% of mortality. Four groups of diseases, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease were responsible for 80% of this mortality; 65% of deaths were linked to risk factors. About 60% of people with chronic diseases die young, under the age of 70. Future projections indicate there will be an alarming increase in their prevalence, with the four main non-communicable diseases causing as many as 2.4 million deaths in 2025, unless serious action is taken.
Mental illness is a growing public health concern. Findings from Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2015 (GBD 2015) showed that mental disorders are among the highest-ranking causes of nonfatal burden globally (GBD 2015 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators 2016).
More specifically, depressive disorders and anxiety disorders were the third and ninth leading contributors to years lived with disability (YLDs), a measure of nonfatal burden. In parallel to this burden, most people in low and middle-income countries who have mental health problems are not supported by trained professionals, or able to access to evidence-based treatments. Global mental health is about changing that situation, investigating the needs of people in different settings, and formulating the most locally appropriate and feasible way to better support them.
Each training course is delivered in (30) Learning Hours. These courses can be taken as part of the three-month programs (Post Graduate Diploma Certificate), or as a stand-alone course. The participant will be awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion upon meeting the course requirements by the International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).