Healthy Brains Global Initiative (HB Global or HBGI) is a $10 billion USD set of financing mechanisms to fuel an unprecedented increase in the delivery of evidence-based care and brain science breakthroughs that will change the lives of those living with mental and neurological disorders.
An estimated 450 million people worldwide live with mental illness producing an annual global burden of $3 trillion USD. Despite this, only 3 percent of global healthcare resources are targeted towards brain health.
The mental health consequences that will accompany the COVID-19 pandemic will be long-term and pervasive. Flattening the COVID-19 ‘Mental Health Curve’ and building resilient communities in the face of trauma falls squarely in the mission of the Healthy Brains Global Initiative. Read our statement.
HB Global is a $10 billion USD set of financing mechanisms to fuel an unprecedented increase in the delivery of evidence-based care and brain science breakthroughs that will change the lives of those living with mental and neurological disorders. We have now united global leaders in research, finance, patient advocacy, public health, and civil society to launch this initiative, focused on delivering new understandings of disease mechanisms and, ultimately, means of prevention of mental and neurological disorders.
The growing list of organizations who are supporting the HB Global start-up activities:
HB Global is always looking to expand our global reach through structured collaboration with organizations that bring expertise, global presence, and further credibility.
Our current collaborators:
“I commend [HBGI] for thinking creatively not only about new science but new funding strategies from bonds to direct investments in this transformational global fund. The World Health Organization is pleased to support this initiative.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
World Health Organization
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE PATH FORWARD:
To advance the understanding of brain health HBFI will fund interdisciplinary approaches to basic science, translational science, and implementation science and will:
Include diverse populations in low-, middle-, and high-income countries
Involve those with lived experiences
Ensure rigor, replicability, generalizability and scalability
Require data sharing and open science
Learn from prior failure and success
Implement milestone-driven funding decisions
Limit impacts of bias and conflicts of interest
An Urgent Global Problem
GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS
- An estimated 450 million people worldwide live with mental illness
- 1 in 4 people will be affected by mental or neurological disorders
- 50% of mental disorders set in by age 14 and 75% by age 24
- 90% of the ~1 million people who die by suicide per year have a mental health condition
- Annual global burden of $3 trillion USD
- #1 cause of adult disability
- 12 billion working days lost each year due to mental illness
- Only 3% of global healthcare resources are targeting brain health
- 33% of countries allocate <1% of their total health budgets to mental health
- 40% of countries have less than one hospital bed reserved for mental disorders per 10,000 people