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Scaling Up Care for Perinatal Depression for Improved Maternal and Infant Health in Nigeria (IMCHA)

Even though effective treatments are available, perinatal depression often goes untreated, especially in low- and middle-income countries where there are shortages of mental health specialist resources. This project aims to address that challenge by demonstrating how community midwives who are trained to work in resource-constrained settings can deliver effective interventions for depression among new mothers.

Community treatments for depression
The World Health Organization (WHO) produced the Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide to help non-specialists recognize and treat select mental health conditions, including perinatal depression. The project team will test the guide's effectiveness in providing support to mothers with perinatal depression at the community level.

Using a participatory research approach, researchers will implement training for community midwives in Osun State, Nigeria. The training aims to enhance their skills so they can identify and support women with perinatal depression.

The research will also identify organizational factors that can support the scaling up of mental health services in Nigeria. The project will help generate knowledge on the training methods that can equip midwives with skills to deliver care for perinatal depression.

The findings will help strengthen efforts in other low- and middle-income countries to develop relevant strategies and programs to address perinatal depression.

Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa
This project is part of the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program, a seven-year $36 million initiative funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
Sana Naffa
Total Funding
CA$ 879,690.00
Maternal and Child Health
Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa
Institution Country
Project Leader
DSc, FRCPsych Oye Gureje
University of Ibadan