Giving Voice to the Silent Burden: Maternal Mental Health Technical Consultation

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Tuesday, September 7 – Thursday, September 9, 2021
2-3 hours each day

Common perinatal mental disorders (CPMDs), including prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, are the leading complication of pregnancy and childbirth globally. Approximately one in five women in low and middle income countries suffer from one or more CPMD. COVID-19 has increased the prevalence of CPMDs with initial studies showing rates that are three times higher than the pre-pandemic rates. In addition to the significant impact on a woman’s mental health and wellbeing, evidence shows that CPMDs have been linked to poor newborn, infant, and child health outcomes.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 7 – Thursday, September 9 for a Maternal Mental Health (MMH) Technical Consultation hosted by USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, in collaboration with World Health Organization and United Nations Population Fund, and facilitated by global and country level MMH experts.

Despite evidence that effective psychosocial and health promotion interventions exist, MMH remains a silent burden that has not yet received the political and programmatic attention it warrants from the global health community. This three-day technical consultation will bring together members of the maternal, newborn, child health, nutrition, and mental health communities to collaborate and inform the path forward for MMH to ensure that pregnant and postpartum women receive the respectful and nurturing care they need and deserve. This consultation will inform the efforts to strengthen the MMH research agenda, implementation approaches, and integration within health programs and services.

Please click the button to register for this event. Formal invite and agenda forthcoming.

Day One: September 7, 2021 | 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EDT

  • Evidence and Gaps for Women in Fragile and Crisis-Affected Contexts | Concurrent Workshop 
  • Overlapping Risks: Evidence and Gaps for Vulnerable Populations | Concurrent Workshop 
  • Interventions addressing CPMDs through the continuum of perinatal care: evidence and gaps Concurrent Workshop 

Day Two: September 8, 2021 | 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EDT

  • Fostering collaboration with MOH to ensure maternal mental health servicesPlenary 
  • Strengthening Provider Capacity to Support Quality MMH Care at Facility Level Concurrent Workshop
  • Gender transformation for CPMD prevention and responseConcurrent Workshop
  • Approaches for Integration of Maternal Mental Health Care in Fragile and Crisis-Affected Contexts Concurrent Workshop
  • The Role of Community and Civil Society Organizations in MMH Care | Concurrent Workshop
  • Perinatal Trauma and Maternal Mental Health | Concurrent Workshop
  • Integrating Maternal Mental Health into Existing Small and Sick Newborn Nutrition Interventions | Concurrent Workshop
  • Linkages and Learnings between the Respectful Maternity Care and Maternal Mental Health MovementsPlenary

Day Three: September 9, 2021 | 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EDT

  •  Aligning a Movement for Maternal Mental HealthPlenary 
  • Reducing the Maternal Mental Health Stigma: Advocacy and Awareness Raising ApproachesConcurrent Workshop 
  • Future of Maternal Mental Health: Integration of and Economic Investments in Health Workforce for Sustainable Interventions | Concurrent Workshop 
  • COVID and Maternal Mental Health: Impact on Women and Healthcare ProvidersConcurrent Workshop
  • What Can You Do Now? Practical Recommendations for Integrating MMH into Community and Primary Health Care SettingsConcurrent Workshop