35 year old patient Barvine Akhter lies in a rice paddy outside the intake center of Pabna Mental Hospital August 21, 2014 in Pabna, Bangladesh. Mental health in Bangladesh is largely neglected and under financed, and the stigma of mental health is huge. In rural areas there are few doctors and families generally take the patient to a traditional healer first, who usually tries to exorcize the Jinn (spirits) with holy water and versus from the Koran. Families who have a mentally ill family member sometimes tie them up out of desperation and lack of education and options. There is only one government run mental hospital with 500 beds in the entire country. Less than 0.5% of government health budget is spent for mental health. Allison Joyce/Redux

35 year old patient Barvine Akhter lies in a rice paddy outside the intake center of Pabna Mental Hospital August 21, 2014 in Pabna, Bangladesh. Mental health in Bangladesh is largely neglected and under financed, and the stigma of mental health is huge. In rural areas there are few doctors and families generally take the patient to a traditional healer first, who usually tries to exorcize the Jinn (spirits) with holy water and versus from the Koran. Families who have a mentally ill family member sometimes tie them up out of desperation and lack of education and options. There is only one government run mental hospital with 500 beds in the entire country. Less than 0.5% of government health budget is spent for mental health. Allison Joyce/Redux 

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