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HEALTHY BRAINS GLOBAL INITIATIVE

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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.

Brain Health Investments

In May of 2020, the United Nations launched a policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health with a speech from Antonio Guterres, the ninth Secretary General of the UN. Read and watch the speech.

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:

One Mind HBGI
Wellcome Trust HBGI
National Academy of Medicine HBGI
Johnson & Johnson HBGI
Otsuka HBGI

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: 

World Health Organization HBGI
World Economic Forum HBGI
The World Bank HBGI
National Academy of Medicine HBGI
Unicef HBGI
One Mind HBGI
Tedros Adhanom Quote
“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 – Director-General, World Health Organization

Henrietta Fore
“I am pleased to inform you of UNICEF’s readiness to be identified as a formal collaborator in the work of the HBGI.  As a collaborator, we will ensure that UNICEF’s perspective and voice on early childhood is well reflected, and advocate for implementation research, and better capacity building and support to research agencies in low- and middle-income countries.  You can count on us to do our part.”

Henrietta Fore – Executive Director, unicef

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

ECONOMIC IMPACTS

  • Annual global burden of $3 trillion USD
  • #1 cause of adult disability 
  • 12 billion working days lost each year due to mental illness

GLOBAL FOCUS

  •  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
Healthy Brains Global Team Photo
Healthy Brains Global Initiative

Healthy Brains Global Initiative, Inc. (“HBGI”) is a 501-c-3 non-profit. Federal Tax ID# 80-0777581.