UK aid will match an enormous £2 million of public donations to support mental health programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa. The news was announced Lenny Henry during Red Nose Day on Friday.
The gesture marks 10 years of successful partnership, which ensures that the generous donations from the great British public to Comic Relief are used to directly support those most in need and continue to achieve the Global Goals.
To date, working in partnership with the British public, UK aid and Comic Relief have helped to improve the lives of more than 7.5 million people across 27 countries in the past decade.
This UK aid Match funding will support UK aid and Comic Relief projects working with people with mental health conditions across Sub-Saharan Africa, to make sure they have access to the support they need and are empowered to live free from stigma and discrimination.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “For many of the British public their insight and interest into aid has been achieved by Comic Relief’s fundraising.
“By joining forces Comic Relief, UK aid, and the generous British public have changed the world for the better over the past 10 years by empowering people and their communities in ways that will benefit generations to come.
“And this year for every pound the great British public donate to Comic Relief, up to £2 million will be doubled by the UK government, meaning their generosity will go twice as far.”
Globally, one in four people will develop a mental health condition in their lifetime, it is one of the leading causes of disability, ill-health and loss of economic output.
In some communities around the world people with mental health conditions still have their human rights violated and do not have access to the right services and care that they need.
Liz Warner, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “Incredible things happen when Comic Relief and UK aid focus their energies together, and the partnership has made huge progress in empowering people and their communities.
“Thanks to UK aid matching £2 million of public donations tonight, it’s wonderful that together we can continue to make a real difference to the lives of people in Africa.”