Newly enacted mental health law in Bangladesh

Karim, Mohammad Ershadul and Shaikh, Sabuj (2021) Newly enacted mental health law in Bangladesh. BJPsych International, 18 (4). pp. 85-87. ISSN 2056-4740, DOI

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Mental health problems are almost ignored in Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The lack of overall health literacy and human resources due to an ineffectively updated legal and regulatory framework, coupled with very limited but misused budget allocation, are some of the factors responsible for this. The country's Constitution recognises the importance of public health and stipulates the improvement of public health as an important primary duty of the state. Nevertheless, it is often compromised or neglected in favour of other socioeconomic development priorities. The Lunacy Act 1912 was recently repealed and substituted by the Mental Health Act 2018 to fill in various gaps in mental health law. This is a welcome development, but there remain limitations and scope for further improvement. We highlight some important provisions of this newly enacted law, identify some limitations and propose some issues for consideration in future policy reform. Copyright © The Authors 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health and human rights; Human rights; Mental health in Bangladesh; Mental health law; Mental illness
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2023 04:56
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2023 01:50

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