The integration of maternal mental health into primary health care has
been advocated to reduce the mental health treatment gap in low- and
middle-income countries (LMICs). This study reports findings of a
cross-country situation analysis on maternal mental health and services
available in five LMICs, to inform the development of integrated
maternal mental health services integrated into primary health care.
The study concludes that it is difficult to anticipate demand for mental
health care at district level in the five countries, given the lack of
evidence on the prevalence and treatment coverage of women with maternal
mental disorders. Limited evidence on effective psychosocial
interventions was also noted, and must be addressed for mental health
programmes, such as PRIME, to implement feasible and effective services.
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) which is led by University of Cape Town
Baron, E.C.; Hanlon, C.; Mall, S.; Honikman, S.; Breuer, E.; Kathree, T.; Luitel, N.P.; Nakku, J.; Lund, C.; Medhin, G.; Patel, V.; Petersen, I.; Shrivastava, S.; Tomlinson, M. Maternal mental health in primary care in five low- and middle-income countries: a situational analysis. BMC Health Services Research (2016) 16 (1) [DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1291-z]
Maternal mental health in primary care in five low- and middle-income countries: a situational analysis