Assessment of the integration of postpartum depression screening and counseling into primary health care in Mozambique
From June 2019 to March 2020, eight health facilities in two districts of Maputo Province participated in a pilot intervention where maternal and child health (MCH) nurses working at postnatal care (PNC) services screened and counseled women for postpartum depression (PPD) and collaborated with mental health providers to follow up on women with symptoms of depression.
The assessment, conducted in the second half of 2020, set out to evaluate the following aspects of the pilot:
- The effectiveness of provider training and supervision.
- The acceptability and feasibility of screening and counseling for PPD in routine PNC.
- The barriers and facilitators of integrating postpartum screening and counseling in routine care.
- The PPD detection rates achieved by the nurses.
Publication date: August 2021