The British Asian Trust was launched in 2007 at the request of HRH The Prince of Wales, with a vision to unlock the potential of disadvantaged people across South Asia. Over the past 10 years, the British Asian Trust has impacted the lives of three million people with high-impact interventions to address the region’s critical unmet needs. The COSARAF Foundation has partnered with the CareTech Foundation and the British Asian Trust to invest in a £1million partnership by which to deliver a step change in mental health and wellbeing provision in Pakistan.
Mental health problems account for nearly 13% of all disease worldwide, with depression being the leading cause of disability. Prioritising mental health is fundamental for progress on all health indicators and for sustainable social and economic development.
Pakistan’s population has now exceeded 207 million and urbanisation is increasing at an unprecedented rate, from 32% in 1998 to 50% in 2017. Years of unrelenting security situations, in-flow of refugees and economic uncertainty, have made Pakistan’s population vulnerable to high levels of stress and disquiet. As a result, mental health problems affect 1 in every 4 people in Pakistan – over 50 million people. This represents a huge cost, not only to individual lives, but also to the national economy and future prosperity.