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LU overview

Spending 1.03% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance (ODA) in 2019, Luxembourg has a partnership with seven priority countries and top aid recipients include Niger, Burkina Faso, Lao and Mali. In the General Development Cooperation Strategy: The Road to 2030, Luxembourg’s development strategy includes health as a key area, with a focus on health systems strengthening, eradicating HIV/AIDS, and on maternal and child health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights. Luxembourg is one of the founding members of the Universal Health Coverage Partnership and also supports the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE).


Global mental health support

In global mental health, Luxembourg has supported various humanitarian initiatives including the NGO Friendship in Bangladesh which provides psychosocial assistance for the Rohingya people. The annual EU Compass Forum on Mental Health and Well-being was held in Luxembourg since 2016.


Strategy for global mental health

Luxembourg has no global mental health strategy.

Domestic mental health

Luxembourg has a national suicide prevention plan (2015-2019), and a national plan on substance abuse (2015-2019). See the WHO Mental Health Atlas 2017 Country Profile and further resources in WHO MiNDBank on mental health legislation and policies. 


Key stakeholders

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs defines and implements foreign and European policy.

Luxembourg Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Action is responsible for setting development and humanitarian policy. 

A member of the Universal Health Coverage Partnership. Luxembourg directly supports six of its partner countries - Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mali, Niger, and Senegal.

One of eight members of WHO’s Small Countries Initiative, a knowledge-sharing platform in the WHO European region to improve the health and well-being of populations.

Key decision makers

Prime Minister: Xavier Bettel  

Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs: Franz Fayot 

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs: Jean Asselborn 

Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: Manuel Tonnar 

Financing global mental health

According to IHME data, from 2007-2019, Luxembourg contributed USD $1.9 million in development assistance to mental health (DAMH). This figure is only representative of government resources.


Global health overview

According to Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation 2018 Annual Report, Luxembourg spent €36 million, some 8.8% of official development assistance (ODA), on health in 2018. 

Luxembourg has made pledges and contributions to the following to global initiatives:

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