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Table 3 Mental health DALYs, mobile phone subscriptions, and growth in mobile phone subscriptions by United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDG) groups

From: mHealth and global mental health: still waiting for the mH2 wedding?

UNMDG groups Total mental health DALYs 2004* Total mobile phone subscriptions 2012 (millions)** Average growth in mobile phone subscriptions 2008–2012 (%) ***
Developed Regions 40 715 1 522.33 10.15
All regions other than Developed Regions 159 730.85 4 735.94 46.29****
Northern Africa 4 334 195.94 36.64
Sub-Saharan Africa 20 849 537.83 53.89
Latin America and the Caribbean 20 926 657.7 27.64
Caucasus and Central Asia 2 403 84.43 48.18
Eastern Asia 39 196 1 158.7 34.81
Southern Asia 50 200 1 196.03 75.07
South-eastern Asia 15 998 684.62 49.35
Western Asia 5 603 216.56 41.3
Oceania 221.85 4.13 49.7
  1. *2004 figures from WHO[4].
  2. **2012 figures from World Bank, which defines mobile phone subscriptions as follows: ‘subscriptions to a public mobile telephone service using cellular technology, which provide access to the public switched telephone network. Post-paid and prepaid subscriptions are included[21]’.
  3. ***Average of growth of mobile subscriptions in constituent countries in each grouping; not weighted by population. See Additional file1 for statistics for mental health DALYs and mobile subscriptions (2008–2012) by UNMDG group and individual country (figures from WHO and World Bank[4, 21]).
  4. ****Average of growth across non-developed region UNMDG groups; not weighted by population size or number of constituent countries in each group.